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Piero Fornasetti

Piero Fornasetti (Italy, 1913–88)
Piero Fornasetti (Italy, 1913–88)

The Italian artist and illustrator 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.

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Piero Fornasetti for Fornasetti Milano Back-lit Mirror with Shell Decorations
By Fornasetti, Antonangeli, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Miami, FL
Piero Fornasetti for Fornasetti Milano back-lit mirror with shell decorations Offered is a Piero Fornasetti for Fornasetti Milano back-lit mirror with shell decorations manufactur...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Metal

Fornasetti Pair of Side Tables with Musical Instruments Motif, 1950s, 'Signed'
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Pair of round side tables, tops with musical instruments motif and bases in brushed brass, by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, 1950's (labels on bottom read “Fornasetti-Milano”). Bases have ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Brass

Piero Fornasetti Tema Porcelain Bowl Vintage
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This amazing vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain bowl is of the Tema Variation series and of the muse of Fornasetti's whom was the opera singer, Lina Cavalieri. Fornasetti was the Fel...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Fornasetti "L'Immaginario" Table Lamp Produced by Antonangeli
By Piero Fornasetti, Antonangeli
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Barnaba Fornasetti, son of Piero Fornasetti, "L'Immaginario" table lamp from the La Follia series for Antonangeli (ca 1990s, Italy). Composed of a flat plastic sheet photostatic prin...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Plastic

Fornasetti "Roma" Table Lamp Produced by Antonangeli
By Piero Fornasetti, Antonangeli
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Barnaba Fornasetti, son of Piero Fornasetti, "Roma" table lamp from the La Follia series for Antonangeli (ca 1990s, Italy). Composed of a flat plastic sheet photostatic printed with ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Plastic

Fornasetti "Fondale Marino" Table Lamp Produced by Antonangeli
By Piero Fornasetti, Antonangeli
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Barnaba Fornasetti, son of Piero Fornasetti, "Fondale Marino" (Seabed) table lamp from the La Follia series for Antonangeli (ca 1990s, Italy). Composed of a flat plastic sheet photos...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Plastic

Piero Fornasetti Italian Mid-Century Modern Design Dining Table, 1950s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Modena, IT
Large round and amazing dining table designed by Piero Fornasetti, with black painted metal base and resin top decorated with tulips, designed by Piero Fornasetti in the 1950s. Uniqu...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Metal

Fornasetti "Sole" Table Lamp Produced by Antonangeli
By Piero Fornasetti, Antonangeli
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Barnaba Fornasetti, son of Piero Fornasetti, "Sole" table lamp from the La Follia series for Antonangeli (ca 1990s, Italy). Composed of a flat plastic sheet photostatic printed with ...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Plastic

Fornasetti "Commedia dell'arte" Table Lamp Produced by Antonangeli
By Piero Fornasetti, Antonangeli
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Barnaba Fornasetti, son of Piero Fornasetti, "Commedia dell'arte" table lamp from the La Follia series for Antonangeli (ca 1990s, Italy). Composed of a flat plastic sheet photostatic...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Plastic

Fornasetti "Sole a Gerusalemme" Table Lamp Produced by Antonangeli
By Piero Fornasetti, Antonangeli
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Barnaba Fornasetti, son of Piero Fornasetti, "Sole a Gerusalemme" table lamp from the La Follia series for Antonangeli (ca 1990s, Italy). Composed of a flat plastic sheet photostatic...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Plastic

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Vida Poche Wealth Health and Happiness Bowl Barware
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful and rare Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti serigraphed porcelain vida poche bowl states Wealth, Health and Happiness around the perimeter. There is a big red heart a...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Gilded Porcelain Love Heart Coasters Barware Set of 6 Vintage
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
These delightful and romantic verbages are depicted within the heart shape of these hallmarked Piero Fornasetti gilded porcelain LOVE coasters and or small plates. Sold as a set of 6...
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1950s Italian Classical Roman Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Gold

Piero Fornasetti Small Porcelain Ashtray, The Day- Jewish Journal, 1961
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti small porcelain ashtray- The Day- Jewish Journal, 1961.   The oval small dish is designed with a newspaper banner and part of a front page. It is titled at the t...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Ceramic

1950s Rare Piero Fornasetti Mid-Century Modern Enameled Cigarette Box
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
An huge cigarette box designed by Pietro Fornasetti and manufactured by Atelier Fornasetti Milano. Inside box is in brass and has the original shop label, the enameled parts are deco...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Brass, Metal

Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal Porcelain Coffee or Tea Mugs Vintage
By Rosenthal, Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This set of 4 Piero Fornasetti serigraphed transfer porcelain coffee or tea mugs for Rosenthal Classic Germany are from the 1980s. They are from the Julia Collection of Lina Cavalier...
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1980s German Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Set of Six Plates L'UVA the Grapes 1970
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Set of 6 porcelain plates L'UVA decorated with a bunch of grapes Piero Fornasetti, Italy, 1970 An similar model was exhibited at the Fornasetti exhibition at the Musée des Arts Dé...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Early Fornasetti Library Bin
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
Rare early version of a library with cat wastepaper bin by Piero Fornasetti Signed to the underside.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Composition, Brass

Modernist Etched and Gilded Virgo Flush Mount by Piero Fornasetti
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
This stunning flush mount chandelier was realized by the atelier of Piero Fornasetti, one of Italy's great 20th century designers. It features an austere convex glass flush mount ins...
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20th Century Italian Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Gold

'Cesto di Dalie' Umbrella Stand by Piero Fornasetti, 1950s Italy, Signed
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This rare and highly sought-after collectors item is the 'Cesto di Dalie' umbrella stand by Piero Fornasetti, circa 1950s, signed underneath with a Fornasetti medallion label. This h...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Metal

Rosenthal Piero Fornasetti Themes and Variations Porcelain Plate Motiv 35
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Rosenthal Piero Fornasetti themes and variations porcelain plate motiv 35, With original box, Tema e Variazioni, 1980s The striking Rosenthal Fornasetti Themes & Variations p...
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1980s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Coffee Table "Le Farfalle", Original Label, 1950s
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Iconic coffee table by Piero Fornasetti and produced by Atelier Fornasetti in 1950. The coffee table has original label under its top. The table top is made of a silkscreened aluminu...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Aluminum, Steel

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain and Gilded Appetizer Bowls Midcentury S/6 Barware
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
These fabulous small Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti appetizer small serving bowls are porcelain with gilded gold edges, bottom and insides. They are the complete set of 6 and ar...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Gold

Low, Cubic Table by Fornasetti, 1955
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Berlin, DE
Cream enameled metal with screen print on surface. Original, labeled Fornasatti. 'Piero Fornasetti (18 November 1913, in Milan – 15 October 1988) was an Italian versatile and e...
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Metal

Gusset Mirror, Piero Fornasetti
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Paris, FR
Gusset mirror - Piero Fornasetti Mirror and brass Measure: Diameter 49 cm Price: 1650 Euros.
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1950s Italian Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Brass

Piero Fornasetti Vintage Ceramic Canister Storage Jars, Italy Flour, Tea, 1960s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Piero Fornasetti vintage ceramic storage jars, Italy, 1960s. Flour, coffee, tea There is a sugar one as well from the same collection but the top is missing. Pictures upon request....
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Ceramic

Rosenthal Piero Fornasetti Themes and Variation Porcelain Plate Motiv 2
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Rosenthal Porcelain Piero Fornasetti themes and variation porcelain plate motiv 2, Hot Air Balloon, The 1980s The striking Rosenthal Fornasetti gold-rimmed black flying in the s...
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1980s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

"Giostra di Frutta" Brass Tripod Side Table by Piero Farnasetti, Signed
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This gorgeous collectors item is a 'Giostra di Frutta' (Merry-Go-Round of Fruit in Italian) side table by Piero Fornasetti, signed underneath with its original label. This side table...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Brass

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Set of 8 Gilted Astrolabe Plates
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Paris, FR
Piero Fornasetti 1913-1988 lived and worked in Milano and he was very fond of science. This series normally is composed of 12 designs about astrolabe or "Astrolabos" in Greece which ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Eva or Eve Porcelain Plate # 8, Signed, Unused
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva or Eve porcelain plate number 8. Signed. Appears to be unused.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve Porcelain Plate #5, Signed, Unused
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve porcelain plate number 5. Signed.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Adamo / Adam Porcelain Plate # 6, Signed
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Adamo or Adam porcelain plate number 6. Signed.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve Porcelain Plate # 3, Signed
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve porcelain dinner plate number 3. Signed. Never used as a dinner plate.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve Porcelain Plate Number 2, Signed
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve porcelain plate #2. Signed. Unused condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve Porcelain Plate Number 12, Signed
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve porcelain plate # 3. Signed. Unused condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve Porcelain Plate Number 4, Signed
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve porcelain plate # 3. Signed. Unused condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Wall Clock
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Vienna, AT
Piero Fornasetti wall clock created in 1990s. Glass clock face with printed woman face and digits with quartz clockwork. Measures: Ø 37 cm.
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Glass

Set of Piero Fornasetti Ceramic Storage Jars, Italy, 1960s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in CH
Beautiful and rare authentic set of storage jars with missing top of some, as shown on the photo. Additional photos on request.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Black and White LOVE Porcelain Coasters or Small Plates Set /8
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This delightful and heart felt set of Classical Roman Piero Fornasetti porcelain love coasters are white porcelain with black sayings in heart form. This is a complete and wonderful ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Adamo or Adam Porcelain Plate # 7, Signed, Excellent Condition
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Adamo or Adam porcelain plate number 7. Signed. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Adamo or Adam Porcelain Plate # 4, Signed, Excellent Condition
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Adamo or Adam porcelain plate number 4. Signed. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Adamo / Adam Porcelain Plate Number 12, Signed, Excellent
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Adamo / Adam porcelain plate # 12. Signed. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

20th Century Piero Fornasetti Umbrella Stand Theme Umbrellas in Metal and Brass
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Turin, IT
Umbrella stand by Piero Fornasetti themed umbrellas in silkscreened sheet metal and brass from the 1950s. Good condition, patina of time, original in all its parts. Presence of bran...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Brass, Sheet Metal

Piero Fornasetti Wastepaper Basket
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Meyrin, CH
Piero Fornasetti wastepaper basket.
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1960s Italian Vintage Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Metal, Brass

Fornasetti Pocket Watches Design Box
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
A Piero Fornasetti box decorated with pocket watches metal, lithographically printed and hand colored. Mahogany interior, Italy, circa 1960.
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1960s Italian Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Metal, Steel

'Trellis' Cabinet on Stand, by Piero Fornasetti, 1950s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
Sophisticated and elegant cabinet on stand, the gilt 'caning' pattern on ivory satin-finished lacquer ground, The cabinet opens to wood interior with on brass legs With “Certificate...
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1950s Italian Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Lacquer

Piero Fornasetti Wastepaper Basket
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
Atelier Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) wastepaper basket with lithographed decoration of 18th century ladies and gentleman and signed to the underside.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Brass

Italian Vintage Design “Musicale” Chair by Pierro Fornasetti, 1950s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Renens, CH
A Musicale chair by Piero Fornasetti, produced by Atelier Fornasetti during the early 1990s. The Fornasetti company is specialized in handmade furniture and homewares, which it ha...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Piero Fornasetti Magazine Rack
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
Piero Fornasetti magazine rack with wooden frame and Hand colored silk-screened decoration. Fornasetti label to the base. Atelier Fornasetti, Italy, circa 1950.    
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Brass, Steel

Piero Fornasetti Mid-Century Modern Box, circa 1960
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A mahogany and metal designed by Piero Fornasetti and manufactured in Milano by Atelier Fornasetti. This box is handcrafted using original artisan techniques, metal it's covered with...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Metal

Vintage 1950s Piero Fornasetti Library Room Scene Four Panel Folding Screen
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in San Antonio, TX
Designed by artist Piero Fornasetti, this four panel folding screen is in overall good condition. Panels depict library filled with books and other objects on shelves and on the reve...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Piero Fornasetti Gilded Porcelain Chariot Coasters or Nut Dishes Vintage Barware
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
These charming set of 8 Piero Fornasetti vintage gilded porcelain chariot coasters are from the 1960s. They are the complete set of 8. They are hallmarked on the back Fornasetii Mila...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Gold

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Plate, Mongolfiere 'hot air' Design
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti Plate, Mongolfiere (hot air) Design, 1804/ Dec. 16 fire-balloon for/Napoleon's Incoronation, soared above/ Rome and Finish up in the Lake of Bracciano. 19...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Pottery

Set of 12 Plates, Piero Fornasetti, Adamo / Adam
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Stockholm, SE
12 plates of model Adamo (Adam) designed by Piero Fornasetti in the 1950s. Piero Fornasetti created one set of Adam and one set of Eva containing 12 plates each. These plates are 26 ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Set of 8 Gold, White & Black Fornasetti "Musicalia" Cocktail Porcelain Coasters
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a signed set of eight Mid-Century Modern Italian Fornasetti, "Musicalia," gold gilt, black and white porcelain cocktail coasters with a musical instruments theme that were...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Black and White Porcelain Heart Love Coasters Set / 6 Barware
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This lovely set of eight Piero Fornasetti porcelain LOVE coasters are in black and white. They are all numbered on the back and say Fornasetti Milano, made in Italy. They are from th...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Magazine Stand
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Magazine stand designed and manufactured by Piero Fornasetti in the 1950s. Lithographic transfer print depicting a basket of colorful flowers. Has brass legs and a center handle. Ori...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Brass

Piero Fornasetti "Cat" Waste Basket, Italy, 1960s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Playful red waste basket by Piero Fornasetti masked by the cut out of a cat. Lithographic transfer print and brass hardware. Marked with original label. Condition: Excellent vint...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Piero Fornasetti Table Lamp
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
1950s cylindrical table lamp by Piero Fornasetti illustrating books of renowned authors. Lithographic transfer print and brass hardware. Marked with original label. Made for European...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Brass