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Piero Fornassetti Hand Painted Ceramic Zodiac Plates, Taurus, 1968

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This rare and the most sought after collectibles vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain lithographically-decorated and hand painted ceramic zodiac plate have a white background with words written in black color expressing the character and personality of the astrological sign Taurus (we have others Zodiac signs please check our front store) Each plate depicts a different Astrological Zodiac pattern painted and gilded in gold. This astrological series was made for an Italian company, Corisia as a gift for their VIP clients. With printed retailer’s label Fornasetti, Milano, Made in Italy, ‘Gli influssi astrali- serie specialmente creata da Piero Fornasetti per Corisia’ (The astral influences series specially created by Piero Fornasetti for Corisia - Fornasetti Milano made in Italy) This plates can be nicely framed and join a collection of plates to decorate and embellish a wall of any room in your apartment Collector Claire Weiss Creatore explains on Christies feature her "love affair" with Fornasetti and how she start collecting the irresistible pieces (see last picture) About a question: Do you have a favorite piece? She response the Zodiac plates are, I think, just gorgeous beyond words! - Taurus: dated 1968, No. 5; Dimensions: 8 1/4 inches (21cm) x 1 inch high (2.5cm) The plates have no chips no crack.

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Piero Fornasetti

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 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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