Art Furniture

Mark Giglio, Author & Artist

Mark Giglio, Author, Artist.

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Alchemist furniture – I design and construct hand-made furniture. I draw on my love and study of history, art, religions and the humanities for my ideas and ultimately my designs. For this collection I use white maple for its bendability and color uniformity. I use copper for the many decorative scales. Each scale is reverse hand embossed with an individual design. You may find a stylized Sun Tree, an arcane alchemic symbol or signs from the Cabala or zodiac. I have exhibited Sunburst Sideboard, Alchemist Cabinet and have won a first place award for Pendragon’s Dressing Chest and Pulpitum Exaro, the duke’s desk in Alchemist Gift. These art objects are unique from their cloven and gilded hooves up to their treated copper sunburst . These elements give each piece in the collection a pleasing richness and their own unique character. One admirer said they look like “Living Furniture”, like they will come to life and walk with you. These pieces are the distillation of a life time of study and a culmination of years of perfecting techniques and honing the skills needed to give my vision reality and the opportunity to share something beautiful and thought-provoking with you. Furniture photos by Mark Gaggia.

To purchase any of these pieces or discuss something uniquely for you, contact me at 760 215 0029 or email mdgiglio48@yahoo.com.
alchemist cabinet

Alchemist Cabinet. photo by Mark Gaggia

The Alchemist Cabinet was the first in the collection. It features two shelves in its large interior. It has one large drawer. The drawer is fitted with full extension self “soft” closing slides. This piece has been on exhibition. www.theartofgiglio.com The piece is approx 72″hx15″dx35″w.$5,500. Shipping includes building a freight box, insurance, and varies according to destination. $500 minimum for shipping.




 

Pendragon's Dressing Chest - Alchemist series

Pendragon’s Dressing Chest – the              Alchemist series. photo by Mark Gaggia

Pendragon’s Dressing Chest took 1st Place in the Fine Arts 3 Dimensional Category at the San Diego County Fair. This piece was a challenge and a lot of fun to make. It features a large bottom drawer and two smaller upper drawers. All the drawers in this series have full extension, self “soft” closing slides. I have displayed this piece in our foyer, its sun burst greets everyone who comes into our home. Approx size 46″hx36″wx20″d. $5,500. Shipping includes building a freight box,insurance, and varies according to destination. $500 minimum for shipping.




Sunburst Sideboard - Alchemist Series

Sunburst Sideboard – Alchemist Series. photo by Mark Gaggia

Sunburst Sideboard is my most ambitious piece. It stands on six sturdy legs generously covered with copper scales front and back. This piece is appointed with two doors, a shelf behind each and a stack of three graduated drawers at its center . Drawers ride on full extension, self “soft” closing drawer slides. All of the pieces in this collection are inspired by classical lines in combination with my own sensibilities. $12,000. Shipping includes building a freight box,insurance, and varies according to destination. $500 minimum for shipping.




Pulpitum Exaro Desk - Alchemist Series

Pulpitum Exaro Desk – Alchemist Series. photo by Mark Gaggia

 

Pulpitum Exaro was a true exercise in art. This writing desk took six months of thought about design and construction techniques before I held the first piece of wood in my hands. There are 405 (but who’s counting?) round-headed tacks that divide the 275+ copper scales from the white maple.  The piece is appointed with two utility drawers and a pencil drawer center. Like the other pieces, the drawers are fitted with full extension, self “soft” closing slides. Pulpitum Exaro is 29″hx67″wx25″d. $6,500. Shipping includes building a freight box,insurance, and varies according to destination. $500 minimum for shipping.

Pulpitum Exaro Desk Front - Alchemist Series

Pulpitum Exaro Desk Front – Alchemist Series. photo by Mark Gaggia

 

To purchase any of these pieces or discuss something uniquely for you, contact me at 760 215 0029 or email mark@theartofgiglio.com. Shipping includes building a freight box,insurance, and varies according to destination. $500 minimum for shipping.




 

The Solium Cum Cauda (chair with a tail)

The Solium Cum Cauda. photo by Mark Gagggia

 

 

 

The Solium Cum Cauda (chair with a tail) goes quite nicely with the writing desk or standing alone makes its own droll statement. This chair is very comfortable with its gently curved back and soft supportive seat upholstered with hair-on cow hide. Yes it does have a tail. Solium Cum Cauda is 34″hx20″wx16″d. $2,000. Shipping includes building a freight box,insurance, and varies according to destination. $500 minimum for shipping.




 

Leiropa's (The Blue Fairy, mother of Narcissus) Looking Glass

Leiropa’s (The Blue Fairy, mother of Narcissus) Looking Glass. photo by Mark Gaggia

Leiropa’s (The Blue Fairy, mother of Narcissus) Looking Glass was inspired by the Victorian hall tree. It’s large sensually shaped mirror is framed in solid maple. Its comfortable seat is upholstered with a deep chestnut colored hair-on cow hide. The piece can be displayed in the round as the back is as beautifully finished as the front. It makes a beautiful entry piece. $5,500. Shipping includes building a freight box,insurance, and varies according to destination. $500 minimum for shipping.




 

Furniture Tidbits

Upholstery is hair-on cow hide that is processed in Brazil and dyed a beautiful,  deep chestnut color. The copper “scales” go through a seven step process before they are attached. Each hoof is hand carved and finished with gilding and aged with various dressings.  Drawers are on full extension slides and are self “soft” closing. I finish these pieces with many coats of clear lacquer and a hand rubbed finish. All pieces are finished front and back so they may be enjoyed no matter how they are displayed.


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