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Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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 dinner plates, 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 reins of the company after his father's death.

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Fornasetti Themes and Variations Plate, Number 2
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Fornasetti Themes and Variations Porcelain Plate, Number 2, Broken Plate Pattern Fornasetti Atalier. A Fornasetti porcelain plate inone of the Themes and Variation pattern...
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1990s Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Themes & Variation Porcelain Plate, Number 200
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Fornasetti Themes & Variation Porcelain Plate with Original White Box, Number 200, The Statue, 1990s The Fornasetti porcelain plate is number 200 in the Themes & Variation series. ...
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1990s Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Square Tray by Piero Fornasetti Milano Gun Pattern Metal w. Silkscreen Print
By Piero Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Located in Bad Säckingen, DE
The vintage silkscreen printed metal tray designed by Piero Fornasetti in the 1960s features fine detailed depictions of guns spanning several centuries. The silkscreen printing tech...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Metal

Set of 5 Small Plate or Coasters in Porcelain by Piero Fornasetti, Italy 1950s
By Piero Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Located in Rome, IT
Midcentury a set of five beautiful black and white small plates or coasters in porcelain displaying drawn animals with money (snail, dog, hen, turtle, duck) by Piero Fornasetti. Mad...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Theme & Variations Porcelain Plate No. 218 with Original Box
By Fornasetti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine designer porcelain plate. By Fornasetti. From the Theme & Variations series (Tema e Variazioni) Model no. 218. With a depiction of Lina Cavalliere's face behind fruit (inc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

1970s Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti for Winston White Ceramic Ashtray
By Piero Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A square white ceramic ashtray designed and manufactured by Fornasetti for Winston cigarettes, it features the famous woman's face that we see in many variations of her iconic illust...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Ceramic

Fornasetti Dome Plate, Cupola Galleria Di Milano Number 7 in Series
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Fornasetti Dome Plate, Cupola Galleria di Milano Number 7 in Series, Dated 2018 Each plate in the series has a different dome of a named and numbered building on the reverse, seen from the inside and below. Dimensions: 9 1/4 inches x 1 inch high. (23.50cm diameter x 2.54cm) The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Italy's oldest active shopping gallery and a major landmark of Milan in Italy. Housed within a four-story double arcade in the centre of town, the Galleria is named after Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. . These plates were originally designed and executed for building contractor Andrea Brenta, Milan, as Christmas presents...
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2010s Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Calendar Plate from 1977 by Piero Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in London, London
Ceramic plate By Piero Fornasetti For Rosenthal Piatto calendario of 1977.
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Late 20th Century Italian Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti N 8 Coaster Ceramic 1950
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Tema E Variazioni Porcelain Plate #78
By Fornasetti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti "Tema e Variazioni" porcelain plate depicting the face of the famous opera singer Lina Cavalieri, no.78 / made in Milano Italy circa 1960. Original mark on t...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Porcelain Surrealist Themes & Variation Plate, #260
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Fornasetti porcelain Surrealist Themes & Variation plate #260, The Snail, Atelier Fornasetti The Fornasetti porcelain plate in the Themes & Variation pattern depicts a surreal depic...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Tray-Juggler with Spinning Plates, Atelier Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Fornasetti Tray Juggler with Spinning Plates, Atelier Fornasetti, Dated 2017, N 16 The black circular tray is printed with a pattern of Themes & Variation numbered 193. It depi...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Metal

Decorative Ceramic Cat Bitossi Fiorato, Gold Flowers on Turquoise
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A coveted collector’s item as early as the 1950s, Fornasetti cats surprise with the sophisticated decorations that colour their surroundings with sheer ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Ceramic

Set 12 Porcelain Plates Adamo Black/White/Gold
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This set of twelve hand-decorated porcelain plates, as a whole, forms the figure of Adamo. You can use the ensemble for ornamental purposes ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Set 12 Porcelain Plates Eva Black/White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This set of twelve hand-decorated porcelain plates, as a whole, forms the figure of Eva. You can use the ensemble for ornamental purposes or...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “Plate Calendar n24” Porcelain, 1991, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “Plate Calendar n24” porcelain, 1991, Italy.
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1990s Italian Other Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Set 12 Porcelain Plates Adamo Black/White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
This set of twelve hand-decorated porcelain plates, as a whole, forms the figure of Adamo. You can use the ensemble for ornamental purposes ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Rectangular Tray Coromandel Silver Leaf on Carmine Red
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. Me...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Wood

Fornasetti Round Tray Città di Carte Hand-Colored on Metal
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. Mea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Metal

Fornasetti Rectangular Tray Braccio Con Pistola on Black Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. Mea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Wood

Fornasetti Duck Ceramic 1960 Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti duck ceramic 1960! Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Ceramic

Handmade Decorative Centrepiece Rosone Black White Gold
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The art of the table is manifested in this hand-decorated porcelain centrepiece with gold accents: Fornasetti's unmistakable decorative style makes it a true collector's item. Any...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Ceramic

Saint Matthew Ceramic Plate by Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in London, London
Ceramic plate By Fornasetti Gilt and monochrome printed Italy 1970s.
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Late 20th Century Italian Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Ceramic

Barnaba Fornasetti Calendar Plate for 2013 with Piero Fornasetti Self Portrait
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Barnaba Fornasetti Calendar Plate for 2013, with Piero Fornasetti Self Portrait, #518 of 700 The plate depicts an image of Piero Fornase...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “Plate Calendar n 20” Porcelain, 1987, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “Plate Calendar n 20” porcelain, 1987, Italy.
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1980s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti, Vintage Plate from the Series of Church Domes Cupole d'Italia
By Fornasetti
Located in Roma, IT
Decorated porcelain Plate number 5 from the series Cupole d’Italia: Cupola di San Lorenzo a Torino. Each plate with a different dome of an Italian church seen from the inside named and numbered on the reverse. These plates were designed and executed for building contractor Andrea Brenta, Milan, as Christmas presents...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “Plate n.16 Calendario “ Porcelain 1983 Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “Plate n.16 Calendario “ porcelain 1983 Italy.
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1980s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Astrological Zodiac Plate, Cancer, Gli Zodiaci Farmacope
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti Astrological Zodiac Porcelain Plate-for the Zodiac sign Cancer, Gli Zodiaci Farmacopei, No 8, Especially made for Crinos By...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “N.22 Piatto Calendario” Happy 1989 Porcelain, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “N 22 Piatto Calendario” happy 1989 porcelain, Italy.
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1980s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain "Recipe" Plates Mid-Century Modern Set of Three
By Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
These delightful hallmarked set of three Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti recipe plates are amusing and unusual. One is for stuffed crown roast or frankfurters, the other ...
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1950s Italian Classical Roman Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

1960 Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Astronomici Plate, #7 in Series
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
1960 Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate with number 7 in the Astronomici series. Astronomici means "Astronomics". This is a rare pattern in black and ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Astrolabe Plate, Number Twelve in Astrolabio Series
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
The Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate depicts an astrolabe, it is number twelve of twelve in series. A ribbon above reads "Ad Habendum Horam Ineqvalem Et Qvatvor Angvlos Celi In Die"....
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti "Nummus" Green Porcelain Plate Mid-Century Modern
By Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This vintage Fornasetti plate is numbered three and is from the collection of the Roman coin series. All hallmarked on the back. This is a ver...
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1950s Italian Classical Roman Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “N18 Piatto Calendario” Porcelain, 1985, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “N 18 Piatto Calendario“ porcelain, 1985, Italy.
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1980s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Black and White Ashtray of a Roman Chariot
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti black and white ashtray of a Roman chariot, 1950-1960s. The Piero Fornasetti Neoclassical ashtray depicts a Roman chariot in black and white.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Set of 12 Custom Commissioned Plates by Piero Fornasetti for Fleming Joffe Ltd
By Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
A rare collection of 12 custom commissioned plates made by Piero Fornasetti for New York small leather goods company, Fleming Joffe Ltd. in the 196...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “ N.22 Piatto Calendario “ Happy 1989 Porcelain Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “N 22 Piatto Calendario “ Happy 1989 Porcelain Italy.
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1980s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Commedia Dell'arte Maschere Italiane Porcelain Plates
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti set of four Porcelain Commedia Dell'arte Maschere Italiane Porcelain lates, Italian Masks, circa 1970s Each plate depicts a character from the Commedia Dell'ar...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Mesi and Soli Pair of Plates 12 Suns 12 Months, 1955
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti porcelain plates, 12 suns, 12 months, Pair of plates Mid to late 1950s. The rare Piero Fornasetti "12 Mesi 12 Soli" series plates show the sun as a woman's face and each one represents a different month- May and June. They are numbered five and six. Dimensions: 10 1/4 inches diameter x 1 inch high. Mark: Each with Piero Fornasetti printed...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Vintage Fornasetti 70s for Winston - Collectible Ceramic Ashtray, Variazione 212
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in San Benedetto Del Tronto, IT
Dive into the world of collectible ceramics with this vintage Fornasetti 70s ashtray from the iconic ‘Tema e Variazioni’ series, crafted in the Seventies for Winston brand. Adorned w...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Ceramic

Piatto da collezione, design FORNASETTI Scherzo sulle Preferenze di R. CARRIERI
By Fornasetti
Located in Torino, IT
Piatto da collezione, design FORNASETTI Scherzo sulle Preferenze di Raffaele CARRIERI. ORIGINE Italia PERIODO Anni 60 AUTORE Il testo è di Raffaele Carrieri, poeta, scrittore, cri...
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1960s Italian Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Piatto da collezione, design FORNASETTI con poesia di Raffaele CARRIERI
By Fornasetti
Located in Torino, IT
Piatto da collezione, design FORNASETTI Tranquillo io sono un altro di Raffaele CARRIERI. ORIGINE Italia PERIODO Anni 60 AUTORE La poesia è di Raffaele Carrieri, poeta, scrittore,...
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1960s Italian Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Set of six plates, design Piero FORNASETTI Clematites series. Milan, 1950s
By Fornasetti
Located in Torino, IT
Set of six plates, design Piero FORNASETTI clematites series. ORIGIN Milan PERIOD 1950s DESIGNER Piero FORNASETTI MARK Fornasetti - Milan MODEL Series dishes Clematites MATERIA...
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1950s Italian Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Set di sei piatti, design Piero FORNASETTI serie Strumenti Musicali. Anni 50
By Fornasetti
Located in Torino, IT
Set di sei piatti, design Piero FORNASETTI serie Strumenti Musicali. ORIGINE Milano PERIODO Anni 50 DESIGNER Piero FORNASETTI MARCA Fornasetti - Milano MODELLO Piatti della seri...
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1950s Italian Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Set of six plates, design Piero FORNASETTI Soli e Lune series. Milan, 70s
By Fornasetti
Located in Torino, IT
Set of six plates, design Piero FORNASETTI suns and Moons series. ORIGIN Milan PERIOD 1970s DESIGNER Piero FORNASETTI MARK Fornasetti - Milan MODEL Decorative motif Suns and Moo...
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1970s Italian Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

MCM-70s Ashtray Fornasetti for Winston - 'Tema e Variazioni' Series No. 219
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in San Benedetto Del Tronto, IT
Discover the allure of timeless elegance with this rare vintage Fornasetti 70s ashtray, a true gem from the renowned ‘Tema e Variazioni’ series. Crafted for the Winston brand, this e...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Ceramic

Piatto serie "Astrolabio", Piero Fornasetti, Fornasetti Milano, 1971
By Piero Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Located in Rivoli, IT
Piatto serie "Astrolabio" Fornasetti Milano , Natale 1971
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1970s Italian Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti, "Cammei" porcelain plate, mid 20th century
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Uppsala, SE
Plate from the "Cammei" series by Pierro Fornasetti for his own company Fornasetti. Made in the late 20th century. Stamped Fornasetti on the bottom. Good vintage condition with norma...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Astrolabio plate series
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
Astrolabio series 2 of 2 ceramic and gold dishes by Piero Fornasetti. Italian with original malachite print decorated boxes.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Ceramic

Set of Eight Fornasetti Coasters with 'Coins' Decoration form 1960s
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, MI
Set of 8 coasters by Fornasetti in silk-screened porcelain, with "Monete" decoration made for Banca Unione Milano in the 1960s. The series was given as a gift by the bank to its cust...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Ceramic

Set of 6 Decorative Plates "Specialità Torinesi" by P. Fornasetti for Fiat
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Varese, Lombardia
Rare set of six decorated and gilded ceramic plates designed by Piero Fornasetti. This collection was specially created by the Fornasetti Atelier...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Gold Plate

Fornasetti Calender Plate 2009 Porcelain n. 42 Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Long Island, NY
Fornasetti Calender Plate 2009 . Porcelain n.42 ,Made in Italy .
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Calender Plate 2010 porcelain n.43 Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Long Island, NY
Fornasetti Calender Plate 2010 Porcelain n.43 . Made in Italy
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Calender Plate 2011 Porcelain n.44 Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Long Island, NY
Fornasetti Calender Plate 2011 Porcelain n.44 Italy
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2010s Italian Modern Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Porcelain

Tema e Variazioni n.393 Round Ashtray
By Fornasetti
Located in Milan, IT
The face of opera singer Lina Cavalieri, reinterpreted by Piero Fornasetti, embellishes this hand-decorated porcelain ashtray, part of the iconic Tema e Variazioni series: an everyda...
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2010s Italian Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Studio, Pistol Barware Metal Serving Tray, 1960s
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Atlanta, GA
This is a great studio Fornasetti pistol tray from the 1960s. The design is attributed to Piero Fornasetti, Italy. The stylishly decorative enamel square metal tray features a quirky and cool print of...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Metal, Enamel

Tema e Variazioni n.396 Round Ashtray
By Fornasetti
Located in Milan, IT
The face of opera singer Lina Cavalieri, reinterpreted by Piero Fornasetti, embellishes this hand-decorated porcelain ashtray, part of the iconic Tema e Variazioni series: an everyda...
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2010s Italian Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Materials

Ceramic

Tema e Variazioni n.399 Round Ashtray
By Fornasetti
Located in Milan, IT
The essential features of Lina Cavalieri's face stand out on this hand-decorated porcelain ashtray with gold accents from the famous Tema e Variazioni series: an everyday object thus...
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2010s Italian Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Ceramic

Fornasetti serveware, ceramics, silver and glass for sale on 1stDibs.

Fornasetti serveware, ceramics, silver and glass are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of ceramic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Fornasetti serveware, ceramics, silver and glass, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 69 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 10 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original serveware, ceramics, silver and glass by Fornasetti were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider serveware, ceramics, silver and glass by Alfredo Barbini, Fontana Arte, and Flavio Poli. Prices for Fornasetti serveware, ceramics, silver and glass can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $274 and can go as high as $9,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $863.
Questions About Fornasetti Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Fornasetti is an art design company that produces furniture and home accessories decorated by hand. Piero Fornasetti established the company in Milan, Italy, during the 1950s as his atelier. As of December 2021, his son, Barnaba Fornasetti, heads the company. You'll find a selection of Fornasetti on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Piero Fornasetti was an Italian artist and designer born in Milan, Italy, in 1913. In 1950, he founded an atelier in the city, creating furniture and home decorations. Fornasetti died on October 9, 1988. His company, Fornasetti, continues to produce hand-decorated decor under the guidance of his son Barnaba Fornasetti. Find a collection of Fornasetti on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    The style of Fornasetti is mid-century modern. The Italian artist and designer crafted an inimitable decorative style from a personal library of images rendered in transfer print engravings, including birds, butterflies, hot-air balloons, architecture and an enigmatic woman's face, to decorate an endless variety of furnishings and housewares that range from chairs, tables and decorative objects to dinner plates, table lamps and umbrella stands. On 1stDibs, shop an assortment of Piero Fornasetti art, furniture and decorative objects.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    You can buy Fornasetti directly from the brand's online store. In addition, numerous brick-and-mortar retailers around the world carry Fornasetti pieces. You can also shop for the brand's furniture and home décor on multiple online platforms. You'll find a collection of Fornasetti on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To burn a Fornasetti candle, first trim the wick to remove any soot. Then, light the candle and allow it to burn for up to three hours. Use a snuffer to extinguish the candle, as blowing out the flame can disturb the wax. Find a collection of Fornasetti on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    How you display Fornasetti plates is largely a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer to rest them flat on a low table or shelf, while others position them upright on plate stands. You can also thread string or twine through the two holes found on the back of every piece and display it as wall art. Find a collection of Fornasetti plates on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Opera singer Natalina ‘Lina’ Cavalieri is the face that inspired Piero Fornasetti throughout his artistic career, from his plates to wallpaper and more. Lina Cavalieri was known as the most beautiful woman in the world during her lifetime from 1874-1944. It was eight years after Cavalieri’s death that Fornasetti came across her image in a magazine and was thereby inspired to replicate it repetitively. On 1stDibs, find a collection of authentic Fornasetti plates from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, each and every Fornasetti design is hand made and hand painted. The colors are expertly applied by painters, ensuring no two items are alike. You’ll find a variety of Fornasetti designs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To hang Fornasetti plates, thread a length of string through the two small holes found on the tops of their backs. Tie the string in a secure knot and then hang from a nail, screw or hook. Avoid using plate hanger hardware, as it could crack or damage the plates. You'll find a collection of Fornasetti plates on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Fornasetti plates are hand-made in Italy. They continue a tradition of excellent craftsmanship that goes back to founder Piero Fornasetti, who established the atelier during the 1950s. Shop antique and modern Fornasetti plates from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    The style of art by Fornasetti varied. His use of whimsical motifs has often led his artwork to be associated with Surrealism, while his use of repetitive imagery, like in his many prints featuring opera singer Lina Cavalieri, skewed toward Pop art. As a designer, his works reflected mid-century modern sensibilities with a playful twist. Explore a collection of Piero Fornasetti art and decorative objects on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 14, 2024
    Piero Fornasetti is famous for his work as a designer. The Italian artist was one of the wittiest and most imaginative talents of the 20th century. Fornasetti 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 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 decorative objects to dinner plates, table lamps and umbrella stands. His work is archly clever, often Surrealist and always fun. On 1stDibs, shop an assortment of Piero Fornasetti pieces.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    No, every Fornasetti porcelain figurine is handmade. In fact, the brand produces all of their home decorative items by hand at their workshop in Milan, Italy. If you see indications that a figurine came from a factory, it is likely not an authentic Fornasetti. Shop a collection of expertly vetted Fornasetti on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Whether or not Piero Fornasetti images are in the public domain depends on the image. The artist produced more than 11,000 works during his lifetime. Only some no longer carry a copyright and are in the public domain. Shop a range of Fornasetti on 1stDibs.

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