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Original Vintage Fornasetti's Waste Paper Basket, 1950s

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Vintage waste paper basket is an original decorative object realized by Piero Fornasetti in the 1950s. This beautiful object is realized in sheet metal and brass, black and white lithograph. This vintage paper basket is decorated with a scene of classic style with characters belonging to the ancient world: some women with jars and utensils in hand are next to a man who is restoring a sculpture. Maker’s label Made by Fornasetti, Milan. Very good conditions except for signs of time. The artwork is an original item by Piero Fornasetti (1913 - 1988); one of the most important and famous Italian designers, engravers, and artists of the 20th century. He lived most of his life in Milan, where he attended the Brera Academy of Art from 1930 to 1932. During World War II, he was exiled from 1943-1946. He created more than 11,000 items, whose style is reminiscent of Greek and Classical architecture and tradition. This object is shipped from Italy. Under existing legislation, any object in Italy created over 70 years ago by an artist, designer or craftsman who has died requires a license for export regardless of the work’s market price. The shipping may require additional handling days to require the license according to the final destination of the object.

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  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 11.23 in. x Dm 10.44 in.H 28.5 cm x Dm 26.5 cm
  • Diameter
    10.44 in. (26.5 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Roma, IT
  • Seller Reference Number
    M-104101
  • Reference Number
    LU2698316926311
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About Piero Fornasetti (Designer)

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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