Vintage John B. Salterini Garden Furniture
History & Description
John B. Salterini emigrated from Italy to the United States in the early 1920s and began producing quality outdoor furniture from his studio in Brooklyn, New York, from 1928 to 1953. Wrought-iron furniture had been produced for hundreds of years, however, the practise seemed to be dying out in in the first-half of the twentieth century.
Salterini is widely credited as being responsible for the resurgence in wrought-iron garden furniture and his designs resembled the popular styles of this period, including Gothic Revival and Art Deco.
Salterini produced a wide range of garden furniture, ranging from the traditional tables and chairs to more exotic pieces, including chaise lounges, ottomans and settees that had arching patterns in the back to hold large canopies.
Guide for collectors
Instances of vintage John B. Salterini garden furniture sold at national auction houses are extremely rare. However, internet bidding sites, such as eBay, regularly advertise a wide variety of vintage John B. Salterini garden furniture, ranging from the staple patio tables and chairs to his more curious ottomans, settees and chaise lounges.
Collectors should proceed with caution when purchasing Salterini items from eBay as there are many cheap reproductions on the market, many of which come from Asia or Mexico. Collectors should always try to obtain as much information as possible from the seller in order to confirm an item’s authenticity.
Notable auction sales
On March 4th 2012 at Treadway in Cincinnati, Ohio, a wrought-iron patio set consisting of a table and six chairs, made by Salterini, realised a price of $800.
On March 12th 2012, an adjustable wrought-iron settee, made by Salterini, circa 1960s, was sold on eBay for $1,000.
On April 13th 2012, a wrought-iron patio set consisting of a table and four chairs, made by Salterini, circa 1950s, was sold on eBay for $699.99.
On April 19th 2012, a wrought-iron coffee table and two ottomans, made by Salterini, circa 1954, were sold on eBay for $500.
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