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Piero Fornasetti (Italy, 1913–88)

The Italian artist, illustrator and furniture maker Piero Fornasetti was one of the wittiest and most imaginative design talents of the 20th century. He crafted an inimitable decorative style from a personal vocabulary of images that included birds, butterflies, hot-air balloons, architecture and — most frequently, and in some 500 variations — an enigmatic woman’s face based on that of the 19th-century opera singer Lina Cavalieri. Fornasetti used transfer prints of these images, rendered in the style of engravings, to decorate an endless variety of furnishings and housewares that ranged from chairs, tables and desks to dishes, lamps and umbrella stands. His work is archly clever, often surreal and always fun.


Fornasetti was born in Milan, the son of an accountant, and he lived his entire life in the city. He showed artistic talent as a child and enrolled at Milan’s Brera Academy of Fine Art in 1930, but was expelled after two years for consistently failing to follow his professors’ orders. A group of his hand-painted silk scarves, displayed in the 1933 Triennale di Milano, caught the eye of the architect and designer Gio Ponti, who, in the 1940s, became Fornasetti’s collaborator and patron. Beginning in the early 1950s, they created a striking a series of desks, bureaus and secretaries that pair Ponti’s signature angular forms with Fornasetti’s decorative motifs — lighthearted arrangements of flowers and birds on some pieces, austere architectural imagery on others. The two worked together on numerous commissions for interiors, though their greatest project has been lost: the first-class lounges and restaurants of the luxury ocean liner Andrea Doria, which sank in 1956.


Fornasetti furnishings occupy an unusual and compelling niche in the decorative arts: they are odd yet pack a serious punch. They act, essentially, as functional sculpture. A large Fornasetti piece such as a cabinet or a desk can change the character of an entire room; his smaller works have the aesthetic power of a vase of flowers, providing a bright and alluring decorative note. The chimerical, fish-nor-fowl nature of Fornasetti’s work may be its greatest strength. It stands on its own. Bringing the Fornasetti look into the future is Barnaba Fornasetti, who took the reigns of the company after his father's death.

Midcentury Fornasetti Face Plate, Tema e Variazione N90
Midcentury Fornasetti Face Plate, Tema e Variaz...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Dinner Plates
Porcelain
A dramatic porcelain plate by Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) of Lina Cavalieri, the artist's muse. A surreal composition by a master designer. Very early Hutschenreuther Germany mark. ...
Piero Fornasetti "Orlik" Smoking Set, Table Lighter, Cigarette Holder and Tray
Piero Fornasetti "Orlik" Smoking Set, Table Lig...
Fornasetti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Porcelain
Vintage Piero Fornasetti hand-painted "Orlik" smoking set. Three-piece set including, table lighter, cigarette holder with black bisque interior and matching tray, which could be use...
Fornasetti Rare Complete Set of 12 Le Oceanidi Ceramic Plates, Italy, Mid-1950s
Fornasetti Rare Complete Set of 12 Le Oceanidi ...
Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
Rare and exceptional complete set of 12 'Le Oceanidi' (Oceanids) lithographically printed plates from the mid-1950s depicting distant and fantastic worlds which feature visionary cre...
Piero Fornasetti Rare Multi Colored L'Arpie Gentili Coasters, Set of Five
Piero Fornasetti Rare Multi Colored L'Arpie Gen...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Porcelain
Five rare Piero Fornasetti 4" coasters each offering different birds in a cage with a woman’s face.
 Eight Mid-Century Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Coasters "Adam"/ Barware
Eight Mid-Century Piero Fornasetti Porcelain C...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
These lovely and interactive set of eight Fornasetti porcelain Mid-Century barware coasters of the allegorical and biblical "Adam"are like a puzzle for you to play with. They are a c...
 Italian Piero Fornasetti  Rare Porcelain Tea/Coffee Set Titled "Architettura"
Italian Piero Fornasetti Rare Porcelain Tea/C...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
This Italian Fornasetti rare and vey special architectural black and white small porcelain tea/coffee set with original tray belonged to the son of Fornasetti and was purchased from ...
Piero Fornasetti Set of 24 'Adam and Eve' Porcelain Plates, Italy, 1990s
Piero Fornasetti Set of 24 'Adam and Eve' Porce...
Fornasetti
1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
Porcelain plates with lithographic transfer-printed decoration on a vibrant and elegant gold ground, comprised of 12 ‘Adam’ and 12 ‘Eve’ plates. Each plate numbered and printed with ...
Fornasetti Trinket Dish
Fornasetti Trinket Dish
Fornasetti
Late 20th Century Ceramics
Ceramic
Hand decorated modern trinket dish depicting the cracked face of Lina Cavalieri, circa 1970s. Made in Italy.  
1960s Two Sets of Italian Design Piero Fornasetti Adam and Eve Coasters
1960s Two Sets of Italian Design Piero Fornaset...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
Two complete sets of Adam and Eve porcelain coasters by artist and illustrator Piero Fornasetti, circa 1960s. Each set retains its original gold box and paper inserts to place in bet...
Signed Mid Century Fornasetti Italian Metropoli...
Fornasetti
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
Offered is a rare signed Fornasetti Teatro Alla Scala (Otello) "play bill" pin tray for the opera, "Otello". Would look fabulous on a dressing table as a catch-a...
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta Plate, #1, 1960s
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta plate, #1, 1970s-1980s. The plate depicting a sliced fruit. Measures: Diameter 9 1/2 inches.
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta Plate #3, 1960s
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta plate, #3, 1960. Measures: Diameter 9 1/2 inches.
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta Plate, #4, 1960s
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta Plate, #4, 1960s.
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta Plate, #5, 1960s
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta Plate, #5, 1960s.  
Piero Fornasetti Set of Eight Coasters Sezioni ...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Piero Fornasetti set of eight coasters Sezioni di Frutta Pattern, circa 1960s. This is a fantastic series with sections of different fruits depicted in rich colour and detail. ...
Porcelain Plate “Cupole D’italia” by Piero Forn...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1970s Italian Dinner Plates
Porcelain plate by Piero Fornasetti “Cupole d’Italia” Lithographically printed and heightened with gilt. Marks and descriptions to the back Italy, circa 1970, Measures: 24 cm ...
Porcelain Plate “Cupole d’Italia” by Piero Forn...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1970s Italian Dinner Plates
Porcelain plate by Piero Fornasetti “Cupole d’Italia” Lithographically printed and heightened with gilt. Marks and descriptions to the back Italy, circa 1970 Measures: 24 cm d...
Porcelain Plate “Cupole d’Italia” by Piero Forn...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1970s Italian Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Porcelain plate by Piero Fornasetti. “Cupole d’Italia” Lithographically printed and heightened with gilt. Marks and descriptions to the back. Italy, circa 1970. Measures: 24 cm...
Porcelain Plate “Cupole d’Italia” by Piero Forn...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1970s Italian Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Porcelain plate by Piero Fornasetti “Cupole d’Italia” Lithographically printed and heightened with gilt. Marks and descriptions to the back Italy, circa 1970 Measures: 24 cm d...
Set of Nine Piero Fornasetti High Glasses, Ital...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Glass
Glass, Gold Leaf
Set of nine Piero Fornasetti high glasses, Italy, 1970s Lithographically printed and handcrafted in gold-leaf.
Six Italian Piero Fornasetti Malachite & Gilded...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Classical Roman Porcelain
Gold, Porcelain
Set of six fabulous Fornasetti malachite designed porcelain with gilded forms of tabletop serving pieces. Signed Stovigilie Fornasetti Milano made in Italy 1956. They are square pla...
Fornasetti Face Plate, Tema e Variazioni, N116
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Dinner Plates
Porcelain
An evocative porcelain plate by Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) of Lina Cavalieri, the artist's muse, perhaps shown behind a mask or screen. This powerful image suggests that Fornasetti...
Fornasetti Ceramic Dish with Cavalieri Portrait
Fornasetti
Vintage 1970s Italian Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
A ceramic dish by Piero Fornasettii of his enigmatic muse Lina Cavalieri. Strong graphic design in excellent condition. Marked. A perfect gift for a buccaneer friend.
Set of Eight Porcelain Coasters with Chariots b...
Fornasetti
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barware
Porcelain
Fantastic set of eight porcelain coasters/nut dishes with a gilded porcelain finish and featuring chariot riders.
Fornasetti Recipe Plates, Set of Eight
Fornasetti
Vintage 1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware
Porcelain
This is a superb set of eight Fornasetti Recipe plates (English Version). The plates depict various Italian cities and monuments and each carries a recipe for a culinary regional fav...
Piero Fornasetti Midcentury Yellow Umbrella Sta...
Fornasetti
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern More Dining and Entertaining
Iron
Charming Fornasetti midcentury yellow umbrella stand with figures, 1950. Painted iron and brass.
Signed Mid Century Modern Fornasetti for Rosent...
Fornasetti, Rosenthal GmbH
Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
Offered is a brightly colored court jester themed petite vase by Fornasetti for Rosenthal with it's original decorative gift box.
Set of Eight Vintage Piero Fornasetti "Monete" ...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware
Brass, Porcelain
Set of eight vintage Piero Fornasetti "Monete" little plates, Italy, 1970s. Eight Fornasetti porcelain Monete (Coins) plates with brass frame square. Each plate has his own numbe...
Porcelain Plate “Cupole d’Italia” by Piero Forn...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1970s Italian Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Porcelain plate by Piero Fornasetti “Cupole d’Italia” Lithographically printed and heightened with gilt. Marks and descriptions to the back Italy, circa 1970 Measures: 24 cm d...
Porcelain Plate “Cupole d’Italia” by Piero Forn...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1970s Italian Dinner Plates
Porcelain Plate by Piero Fornasetti “Cupole d’Italia” Lithographically printed and heightened with gilt. Marks and descriptions to the back Italy circa 1970 Measures: 24 cm dia...
Porcelain Plate “Cupole d’Italia” by Piero Forn...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1970s Italian Dinner Plates
Porcelain Plate by Piero Fornasetti “Cupole d’Italia” Lithographically printed and heightened with gilt. Marks and descriptions to the back Italy, circa 1970. Measures: 24 cm ...
Set of 12 Iconic "Julia" Plates by Fornasetti
Fornasetti, Rosenthal GmbH
Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Decorative Art
Porcelain
A large set of 12 displaying porcelain plates with surrealism designs by Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal, an iconic series from 'Temi e variazioni' (“Themes and Variations”). These pl...
Piero Fornasetti Tray, Italy circa 1955
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware
Metal
Very rare original Piero Fornasetti, tray, Italy, circa 1955, "hand and gun", metal, lacquered, signed with old Fornasetti sticker, length 59 cm, depth 25 cm, height 1 cm
Vintage Fornasetti Dish
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Objects
Ceramic
Large ceramic dish made to look like an antique bill of sale from Weikel & Smith Spice Co. of Philadelphia. Designed by Piero Fornasetti and signed to reverse.
Vintage Fornasetti Porcelain Ashtray
Fornasetti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Ashtrays
Porcelain
Vintage Fornasetti porcelain dish as a ashtray or pin tray Complementary delivery to New York City.
Italian Vintage Fornasetti Porcelain "Botanica ...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Classical Roman Porcelain
Porcelain
This wonderful substantial sized porcelain vintage Fornasetti bowl or serving piece has all the elements of botanicals flowers and is entitled "Botanica Pratica" and signed Fornasett...
Decorative Piero Fornasetti Oval Tray, Italy, 1...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Pear and lemon motif tray by Piero Fornasetti. Produced in the mid-1950s as per the Fornasetti catalog. Original label on the back. Ideal as a kitchen or dining area decoration.
Signed Piero Fornasetti Italian Mid Century Mod...
Fornasetti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-P...
Porcelain
Offered is a set of three white and gold porcelain pin trays by Piero Fornasetti with and Italian advertising label theme in black.
Set of Six Signed Numbered Midcentury Italian F...
Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
Offered is a very rare signed and numbered set of six porcelain print transfer Mid-Century Modern Italian Fornasetti "Le Oceanidi" cocktail coasters with shell and woman theme.
Midcentury Fornasetti Iconic Face Plate, Tema e...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates
Porcelain
An porcelain plate by Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) of Lina Cavalieri, the artist's muse. A compelling composition, this is the first image he created in this series and the most icon...
Piero Fornasetti Serving Tray, Italy, 1960s
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche
Beautiful Fornasetti serving tray featuring a vegetable design. Label on the back. Perfectly restored.
Eight 1950s Piero Fornasetti Musicalia Canapes ...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Neoclassical Ceramics
Ceramic
Elegant and pure Fornasetti, these eight gilt, black and white dishes featuring neoclassical visions of musical instruments were an exclusive by Fornasetti for Bonwit Teller. To be u...
Exclusive Piero Fornasetti Italian Coasters for...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Barware
Exclusive Piero Fornasetti Italian coasters for Abraham & Strauss Brooklyn. One set of six in original packaging. No known defects that would detract from value or aesthetics. No vi...
Piero Fornasetti Dinner Plate Mongolfiere, Plat...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Dinner plate from the series Mongolfiere (Hot Air Balloon) designed by Piero Fornasetti in 1955. The plates came in a numbered set of 12 of which this is no. 2. It reads: Mongolfière...
Piero Fornasetti Dinner Plate Giostra da Frutta...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware
Porcelain
Giostra di Frutta (Carousel of fruit) plate designed in the early 1950s by Piero Fornasetti in Italy. Plate no 2. It is in very good vintage condition.
Set of Five White and Gold Ceramic Plates by Pi...
Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche
Gold Plate, Ceramic
Set of five decorated Plates from the "ricette d'Italia" series, designed and produced by Piero Fornasetti around 1960s. This set is composed by four plates with Turinese typical re...
1954 Piero Fornasetti II Cortile Tole Tray
Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Metal
Piero Fornasetti created the Cortile designs in 1954. Showing polygonal courtyards, seen from above, they differed from the dome designs which are seen from below. This metal tray fr...
Italian Fornasetti Draftman's Porcelain Bowl/De...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Classical Roman Porcelain
Porcelain
Fornasetti for the man, for the architect, for the graphic designer for the draftsman. This bowl/dish/paper clip holder, etc is great for the desk. The label and backing was unfortu...
Collection of Five Objects by Piero Fornasetti,...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Porcelain
Porcelain
Collection of vintage silk screen and transfer-printed decorative porcelain items by renowned Italian smart-alec Piero Fornasetti, including a 1963 paperweight in black and white wit...
1950s Fornasetti Roman Mosaic Face Plate, Tema ...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates
Porcelain
An porcelain plate by Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) of Lina Cavalieri, the artist's muse, inspired by ancient Roman mosaics. An intricate and dramatic composition by a master designer...
Vintage Italian Fornasetti Plate 'Tema E Varazi...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Ceramics
Porcelain
A fine vintage porcelain plate by Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) decorated with the face of his muse, Lina Cavalieri, set within a lighty bulb with simulated illumination around the bu...
Two Complete Sets of Fornasetti Adam and Eve Co...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Porcelain
Porcelain
Two complete sets of eight "Adamo Ed Eva" Porcelain Coasters by Piero Fornasetti. Mint condition, in original boxes.
Fornasetti Coaster Set of Six
Fornasetti
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Designer: Fornasetti Manufacture: Fornasetti Period/style: Mid-Century Modern / Hollywood Regency, Country: Italy Date: 1950s.
1950s Fornasetti Face Plate, Tema e Variazioni,...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Modern Dinner Plates
Porcelain
A porcelain plate by Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) of Lina Cavalieri, the artist's muse, wearing a necklace of beads that depict images of her face. A dramatic, surreal composition by...
Five Piero Fornasetti Fleming Joffe Porcelain R...
Fornasetti
Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates
Designer: Piero Fornasetti Manufacture: Fleming Joffe Period/style: Mid-Century Modern Country: Italy Date: 1960s.
Set of Piero Fornasetti "Adam" and "Eve" Plate...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Dinner Plates
Porcelain
A beautiful set of 24 Pierro Fornasetti plates depicting full body images of Adam and Eve on Transfer-printed porcelain. Each plate is signed, titled and numbered: "Fornasetti Milano".
Fornasetti Milano 'Fiori' Pattern Porcelain Pla...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Dinner Plates
Porcelain
An incredibly rare set of 12 large porcelain dinner plates in the 'Fiori' pattern designed by Piero Fornasetti and produced by Fornasetti - Milano, circa 1965. There are two plates o...
Surrealist Plates by Piero Fornasetti
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates
Ceramic
A graphic and surrealist set of eight small dishes (coasters) depicting a variety of caged birds with women's heads from the Le Arpie Gentili series.
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