In the eyes of Laurent Vanlian, Dagobert armchair by Luigi Frullini

This week, we offer you a stopover in Italy, to meet Luigi Frullini, an artist whose works are present at the Musée d'Orsay, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, but also in Paul Bert Serpette at Laurent Vanlian ...

Luigi Frullini was born in Florence in 1839. His father, a sculptor, gave him a taste for the profession, before attending the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1861, he had his first success at the Italian National Exhibition in Florence where he exhibited two bas-reliefs in jujube representing Pier Capponi and Charles VIII. This work will then be sent to the International Exhibition in London where Frullini received a distinction. He then opened a workshop in Florence which, in 1867, had ten gilders and blacksmiths, ten workers and many apprentices. His workshop will become the largest in the city and his models of ornamentation will soon be adopted in the schools of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

His furniture will be known throughout Europe and the United States. In France, Luigi Frullini offers luxury sculpted pieces. At the Musée d'Orsay, a spectacular walnut cabinet decorated with naturalist compositions is still on display.

Luigi Frullini only produced unique pieces, in an always quirky spirit, in the style of the Renaissance.

The armchair presented at Laurent Vanlian, in the so-called Dagobert shape, in solid walnut and swivel, has a neo-renaissance decor borrowing from an undeniable Italian influence. The backrest evokes the shape of a boat hull, while evoking the handle of a mandolin. The ornamentation of this piece of furniture is very poetic and refers to the world of Italian opera and water ... Undoubtedly a tribute to Venice, a city that the artist was particularly fond of.

This highly decorated seat is proof of Frullini's mastery of sculpture. The finely decorated seat, in imitation of Cordoba leathers, is remarkable.

This armchair, undeniably ceremonial, plunges us into a lyrical universe and invites us to dream ...