Pair of Rare Piero Fornasetti Cufflinks For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 5 images

Pair of Rare Piero Fornasetti Cufflinks

About

Very rare pair of Piero Fornasetti cufflinks. Italy, 1960s.

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Period
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 0.88 in. x Dm 1 in.H 2.24 cm x Dm 2.54 cm
  • Diameter
    1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Seller Location
    East Hampton, NY
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU84206558833
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Delivery, Returns & Payment

  • Delivery
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 1 day of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods

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.

About the Seller

4.8 / 5
Vetted
Gold Seller
1stdibs seller since 2008
Located in East Hampton, NY
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Gilt Porcelain "Profili Romani" Dish by Piero Fornasetti
Gilt Porcelain "Profili Romani" Dish by Piero F...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche
Porcelain
Gilt porcelain "Profili Romani" dish by Piero Fornasetti. Some loss to gilding.
Two Complete Sets of Fornasetti Adam and Eve Coasters
Two Complete Sets of Fornasetti Adam and Eve Co...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Porcelain
Porcelain
Two complete sets of eight "Adamo Ed Eva" Porcelain Coasters by Piero Fornasetti. Mint condition, in original boxes.
Pair of Chinese Blue and White Vases
Pair of Chinese Blue and White Vases
20th Century Chinese Porcelain
Ceramic
Great pair of impressive grand scale blue and white Chinese vases.
Pair of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Jars
Pair of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain Jars
20th Century Chinese Porcelain
20th century Chinese blue and white porcelain jars with lids.
You May Also Like
Piero Fornasetti Astronomici Plate, #7
Piero Fornasetti Astronomici Plate, #7
Fornasetti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Astronomici means Astronomics. This is a rare pattern in black and white with gold highlights. Mark: A moon and sun within a circle with smiling faces with scattered stars and th...
 Italian Piero Fornasetti  Rare Porcelain Tea/Coffee Set Titled "Architettura"
Italian Piero Fornasetti Rare Porcelain Tea/C...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1970s European Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
Porcelain
This Italian Fornasetti rare and vey special architectural black and white small porcelain tea/coffee set with original tray belonged to the son of Fornasetti and was purchased from ...
Piero Fornasetti Rare Multi Colored L'Arpie Gentili Coasters, Set of Five
Piero Fornasetti Rare Multi Colored L'Arpie Gen...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Porcelain
Five rare Piero Fornasetti 4" coasters each offering different birds in a cage with a woman’s face.
Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Gilt Pair of Seashell Plates, Conchyliorum Pattern
Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Gilt Pair of Seashel...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Piero Fornasetti porcelain gilt pair of seashell plates, Conchyliorum pattern, Set of six plates, circa 1950s. The pair of plates with a gilt ground and each beautifully decora...
Piero Fornasetti Capricorn Zodiac Ceramic Paperweight
Piero Fornasetti Capricorn Zodiac Ceramic Paper...
Fornasetti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Porcelain
1950's. The white oval paperweight is decorated in black with the head of a goat and CAPRICORN in black above Mark: Fornasetti-Milano/Made in Italy in black on base. Caprico...
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta Plate #3, 1960s
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta Plate #3, 1960s
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta plate, #3, 1960. Measures: Diameter 9 1/2 inches.
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta Plate, #4, 1960s
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta Plate, #4, 1960s
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta Plate, #4, 1960s.
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta Plate, #5, 1960s
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta Plate, #5, 1960s
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dinner Plates
Porcelain
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni Frutta Plate, #5, 1960s.  

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries