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Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Set of 8 Gilted Astrolabe Plates

$3,262.80per set

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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 was historically used by astronomers. Black prints with gold come to a fantastic result, extremely decorative. In 1940 he met Gio Ponti, a very famous architect and designer and they will become very close doing many decorations He produced very refined and limited edition graphic works in his atelier "the design and decorative arts"  His artistic approach is eclectic. His mind open to all cultural, scientific, mystical themes, ancient cartographies and scholarly treatises on astrology leaves part to extraordinary, unbridled creativity. His drawings of fantastic architectures, ruins, games, characters are always a new discovery, and this most famous portrait of Lina Cavalieri, an opera singer of whom he has made more than 350 metamorphoses since its creation in 1952. An important retrospective of his work took place in 2013, it went from Milano to Paris's "Arts Décoratifs" major museum to be seen once in a life and even to Seoul. Reference: Fornasetti: The Complete Universe, Barnaba Fornasetti.

Details

  • Creator
    Piero Fornasetti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 0.4 in (1 cm)Diameter: 8.27 in (21 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 8
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960
  • Condition
    Minor fading.
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number
    Seller: AE0754/021stDibs: LU4694122734552

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    Ships From: Paris, France
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About the Designer

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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