Renato Bassoli was born in Italy, but worked in Paris. He was known as a sculptor and ceramicist, but made furniture for his own pleasure. After his death in 1982, his atelier was sold, and this furniture came onto the market and was immediately snapped-up by museums, dealers and collectors.
Bassoli had a fertile imagination and a very human sensibility. This chair is a perfect example of his work – an abstract but recognizable human figure created in wrought iron and rope, it serves beautifully as a sculpture when not in actual use.
Bassoli’s work is in the musee des arts decoratifs in Paris, and some pieces were exhibited at the Museum Villa Stuck in 1984.
This is one of four chair figures, each one different, two male and two female, and each with its own personality. 43 x 23 x 21″