PIero Fornasetti Porcelain Gilded Coasters Titled "Le Oceandi" Set of 6 Barware For Sale
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PIero Fornasetti Porcelain Gilded Coasters Titled "Le Oceandi" Set of 6 Barware

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These amazing and rare vintage hallmarked Italian Piero Fornasetti coasters called "Le Oceandi" depict women in different formations within shells as their garment. They are from the 1960s and were imported by Rosenfeld Imports. Says on the back Fornasetti Milano made in Italy for Rosenfeld Imports. They were always a set of 6. Black and white transfers of imagery with gold gilded edges on the porcelain. There is sky, clouds, architectural buildings, trees and shells in almost ballon form with women peaking out. This is the first time we have come across these. They are great barware and or serving small plates. Can be used as coasters or even framed in a shadow box as art. These must be hand washed.

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  • Condition Details
    These are in very good vintage condition but not perfect. The gilding on some is slightly worn and there are some black marks on the back of the coaster. SOLD AS IS. Commensurate with age and rarity. There are no chips. Some roughness around the edg
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 0.5 in. x Dm 4.25 in.H 1.27 cm x Dm 10.8 cm
  • Diameter
    4.25 in. (10.8 cm)
  • Seller Location
    North Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    LU809816346012
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About Piero Fornasetti (Designer)

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 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.

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