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Fornasetti Ceramics

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

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Ceramic

Set of Mid-Century Modern Coasters by Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
Set of six porcelain coasters, series "Mitologia" depicting Greek and Roman Gods. These were designed for the New York Department store Bonwit Teller. Signed to underside.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

Fornasetti Ashtray Ceramic, 1950, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti ashtray Ceramic 1950, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Fornasetti Ceramics

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Ceramic

Fornasetti for Winston Ashtray or Tray, Ceramic, Italy, 1980s
By Fornasetti
Located in Roma, IT
Signed (on the back) "Fornasetti for Winston", ceramic ashtray or tray. Dimension: 20 x 20 cm width 6 cm diameter Fornasetti picture card 6 cm.
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1980s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Ceramics

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Ceramic

Fornasetti Rare Complete Set of 12 "Le Oceanidi" Plates, Italy, 1950s
By Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Rare and exceptional complete set of 12 'Le Oceanidi' (Oceanids) lithographically printed plates from the mid-1950s, Italy. Each plate tells a story depicting distant and fantastic ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Ceramics

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Profili Romani Gilt Ceramic Coasters
By Fornasetti
Located in Atlanta, GA
Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) "Profili Romani", a set of eight gilt ceramic coasters, 1950-1960 lithographically decorated and hand painted with printed retailer's label Fornasetti, M...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Julia Dinner Plate by Fornasetti for Rosenthal
By Fornasetti, Rosenthal
Located in Atlanta, GA
A "Julia" porcelain plate with surrealism designs by Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal, an iconic series from 'Temi e variazioni' (“Themes and Variations”). These plates were made for d...
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Late 20th Century German Modern Fornasetti Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Julia Dinner Plate by Fornasetti for Rosenthal
By Fornasetti, Rosenthal
Located in Atlanta, GA
A "Julia" porcelain plate with surrealism designs by Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal, an iconic series from 'Temi e variazioni' (“Themes and Variations”). These plates were made for d...
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Late 20th Century German Modern Fornasetti Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Julia Dinner Plate by Fornasetti for Rosenthal
By Fornasetti, Rosenthal
Located in Atlanta, GA
A "Julia" porcelain plate with surrealism designs by Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal, an iconic series from 'Temi e variazioni' (“Themes and Variations”). These plates were made for d...
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Late 20th Century German Modern Fornasetti Ceramics

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Ceramic

Ceramic Julia Dinner Plate by Fornasetti for Rosenthal
By Fornasetti, Rosenthal
Located in Atlanta, GA
A "Julia" porcelain plate with surrealism designs by Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal, an iconic series from 'Temi e variazioni' (“Themes and Variations”). These plates were made for d...
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Late 20th Century German Modern Fornasetti Ceramics

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Ceramic

Siamese Cat Vintage Ceramic Sculpture by Piero Fornasetti 1960s Italy
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Rome, IT
Siamese cat with blu eyes sculpture in ceramic by the Italian Pietro Fornasetti. Made in Italy, circa 1960. The original stamp is still on the bottom (shown in pictures).  
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Ceramics

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Recipe Plate, Ostrich Eggs and Green Peppers Omelette
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Recipe plate, ostrich eggs and green peppers omelette, made for Fleming Joffe, 1960s. This rare Piero Fornasetti plate is from a series made for the Fleming Joff...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Ceramics

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Porcelain

Fornasetti for Winston Ashtray or Tray, Ceramic Square, Italy, 1980s, Midcentury
By Fornasetti
Located in Roma, IT
Signed (on the back) "Fornasetti for Winston", ceramic ashtray or tray. Dimension: 18.5 X 18.5 cm width 6.5 cm diameter Fornasetti picture card: 6 cm.
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1980s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic Plate with Vegetable Face Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in Atlanta, GA
Fornasetti porcelain plate with face made with arranged vegetables. Stamped 11, Fornasetti-Milano, Made in Italy, Arcimboldesca'" and "Arzberg Germany" in green to the underside.
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Fornasetti Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic Plate with Vegetable Face Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in Atlanta, GA
Fornasetti porcelain plate with face made with arranged vegetables. Stamped "4, Fornasetti-Milano, Made in Italy, Arcimboldesca'" and "Arzberg Germany" in green to the underside.
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Fornasetti Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic Plate with Vegetable Face Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in Atlanta, GA
Fornasetti Porcelain Plate with face made with arranged vegetables. Stamped "6, Fornasetti-Milano, Made in Italy, Arcimboldesca'" and "Arzberg Germany" in green, and hand gilt number...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Fornasetti Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic Plate with Vegetable Face Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in Atlanta, GA
Fornasetti porcelain plate with face made with arranged vegetables. Stamped "2, Fornasetti-Milano, Made in Italy, Arcimboldesca'" to the underside.
Category

Late 20th Century Italian Modern Fornasetti Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic Plate with Vegetable Face Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in Atlanta, GA
Fornasetti Porcelain plate with face made with arranged vegetables. Stamped "1, Fornasetti-Milano, Made in Italy, Arcimboldesca'" and "Arzberg Germany" in green and hand gilt 3 to th...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Fornasetti Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Set of Six Strumenti Musicali Plates, 1950s-1960s
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti set of six strumenti musicali plates 1950s-1960s. The plates each depict a different selection of stringed instruments including guitars and lutes on a faux bois...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic, Pottery

1960s by Piero Fornasetti for Testa Studio Advertising Plate
By Fornasetti
Located in Brescia, IT
Piero Fornasetti by Armando Testa Studio Very rare and limited series, Italy, 1960s.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Ceramic 'Strumenti Musicali' Dish
By Fornasetti
Located in Den Haag, NL
A ceramic dish by Piero Fornasetti 'Strumenti Musicali' in excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Set of Eight Midcentury ‘Le Arpie Gentili’ Coasters by Piero Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A complete set of eight Piero Fornasetti ceramic drinks coasters, entitled ‘Le Arpie Gentili’. These 1950s coasters each depict a mythical half bird, half human figure held within a ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Ceramics

Materials

Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Recipe Plate, Tortoise Risotto, Fleming Joffe
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain recipe plate, Tortoise Risotto, Made for Fleming Joffe, Silkscreen & Transfer, 1960s (NY8976E) This rare Piero Fornasetti plate is from a ser...
Category

1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Ceramics

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Group of Eight Quand on Arrive Clock Coasters, When One Arrives
By Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Piero Fornasetti Group of eight quand on arrive clock coasters, when one arrives Each ceramic coaster hand painted, circa 1950s. And stamped and numbered in the back. One blue coas...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Ceramics

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Ceramic

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Fornasetti ceramics for sale on 1stDibs

Fornasetti Ceramics is available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Fornasetti ceramics there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 20 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original Fornasetti ceramics were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider ceramics by Raymor, Guido Gambone and Marcello Fantoni. Fornasetti ceramics prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $319 and tops out at $9,500, while pieces like these can sell for $950 on average.

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