Cabinet, about 1890
Walnut, ebonized wood, parchment, brass, pewter, and glass
This monumental cabinet reflects the range of international architectural and design elements that inspired Carlo Bugatti. The brass roundels and minarets above the doors are based on Moorish designs from Muslim Spain. The central panel is inspired by Japanese ink painting. The extravagance of detail indicates that this cabinet was destined for an elite client. Most likely used as a centerpiece in a room, it probably held books and important documents behind lock and key.