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Barnaba Fornasetti Porcelain Calendar Plate 2013, Number 398 of 700 Made

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Barnaba Fornasetti Porcelain Calendar Plate 2013. Number 398 of 700 made. The design of Piero Fornasetti is based on a self-portrait-see below. According to the Fornasetti website, "The calendar plate is a distinctive Fornasetti trademark. It was born in 1968 from the ?annuari?, limited edition hand-printed booklets designed by Piero Fornasetti at the request of Gio Ponti in the 1940s. Each year is described by an original design and a typical Fornasetti motif: suns, moons, playing cards, owls, cats, zodiac signs etc." From 1968 to 1988, Piero Fornasetti then created and produced the calendar plate as an annual tradition to bring in the New Year which was not sold but given as a gift from Fornasetti to friends and clients. In 1989, his son Barnaba Fornasetti continued in his father?s footsteps establishing a limited edition of 700 or 750 plates. The 2013 edition stands as a celebration of the birth of the Italian atelier?s founder Piero Fornasetti, depicting a portrait of the artist himself. Measure: Diameter 9 1/4 inches Mark: A large gilt lobster with 2013 in white on its back and 46 Piatto Calendaro/ Edizione speciale in occasione del Centenario della nascita. Traditional hand and brush. FORNASETTI/made in Italy and numbered no. 92/700. Reference: Fornasetti: Designer of Dreams, Patrick Mauriès, page 76-77 where this image from a self-portrait by Piero Fornasetti. The author writes that "Fornasetti's self-portraits are often strangely cool, even cruel and satirical. His head becomes just another object with which to play fantastic games. Perhaps the idea of variations on a theme, which occupies so important a part of his oeuvre, began with these visions of his own head as a diagram."  

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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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