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6 Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Plates with Recipes Specialita Bolognese

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Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Plates with Recipes from Bologna, Specialita Bolgnese, Set of Six, 1960-70. The set of six Specialità Bolognese porcelain plates, numbered 1-6, designed by Piero Fornasetti are each designed with a different traditional recipe each with a gold band surrounding the rim. The recipes include- 1. Ragu alla Bolognese ( Cortile di Pilato A S. Stefano illustrated), 2.Tortelloni da vigilia (Quadriportico Di S. M. Dei Servi illustrated.), 3. Lasagne verdi alforna (Palazzo di Re Enzo illustrated), 4. Cotette alla Bolognese (Palazzina Della Viola illustrated), 5. Drasato di vitello ( Casa Isolandi illustrated), 6. Certosino o Panspeziale (Palazzo dei Notari E Palazzo Comunale (D'Accursio). illustrated). Dimensions: 9 1/4 inches (23.5 cm) diameter x 1 inch height. Mark: In black there is a large standing figutre of a nude male holding a staff above SPECIALITA BOLOGNESI and the tradional Fornasetti hand and brush above FORNASETTI. MILANO/Made in Italy. Each plate with number 1-6 within black circle. Below black mark are green undermarks of Bavarian porcelain maker. Reference: Fornasetti: The Complete Universe, Barnaba Fornasetti, Page 618, #175, where the author writes about the Specialita regionali italiane series, "The project, a truly large undertaking, involved presenting culinary specialties most representative of certain regions or cities in Italy, with each plate, bordered in gold, depicting a monument, a recipe, and a container in which the dish was traditionally served. Fornasetti's idea of combining art and popular tradition was awarded with notable commercial success".

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    Good
  • Condition Details
    Excellent condition- text all good and gilding good too.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 1 in. x Dm 9.25 in.H 2.54 cm x Dm 23.5 cm
  • Diameter
    9.25 in. (23.5 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Maryknoll, NY
  • Seller Reference Number
    NY8949
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU861012258651
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About Fornasetti (Designer)

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 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. Bringing the Fornasetti look into the future is Barnaba Fornasetti, who took the reigns of the company after his father's death.

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