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Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal Lina Porcelain Coffee or Tea Mugs Vintage

$1,600

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This set of  4 Piero Fornasetti serigraphed transfer porcelain coffee or tea mugs for Rosenthal Classic Germany are from the 1980s. They are from the Julia Collection of Lina Cavalieri. It is hallmarked on the bottom Rosenthal Classic Germany Dekor Time e Variazioni with varying numbers not in any order. This series was introduced by Fornasetti in the 1950s. She was an Italian opera singer and actress and her life span was, 1874-1944. Fornasetti was smitten with her charm and beautiful face. It was very mysterious that they never met but her influence on him was lasting throughout his life. She was his muse in his mind. These are no longer in production. These look like they were never used. These are no longer in production. This is a chic way to drink your coffee and or tea. No better than Fornasetti. There are no stains inside, very clean maybe never used. There are however no original boxes. These are fabulous.

Details

  • Creator
    Rosenthal (Manufacturer),Piero Fornasetti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 3.5 in (8.89 cm)Width: 5 in (12.7 cm)Depth: 3.25 in (8.26 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    1980-1989
  • Date of Manufacture
    1980s
  • Condition
    Repaired. Additions or alterations made to the original: There was a very tiny tiny small chip on the bottom of one of this that is being repaired by a porcelain specialist now. It has now been beautifully fixed. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. In very great vintage condition.
  • Seller Location
    North Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU809820912642

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    Ships From: North Miami, FL
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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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