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Set of Eight Italian Fornasetti Gilded Porcelain Roman Chariot Coasters

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Rich in subject matter and rich in gold porcelain are these lovely Fornasetti complete set of eight Roman Chariot coasters. They have a romantic quality to them. The top is rich in gilded porcelain. The coasters feature a Roman Male/female with laurel wreaths riding in chariot form pulled by six horses. They are vintage and were made exclusively for Saks Fifth Avenue in the USA. They have their own box; albeit a bit worn with the Foransetti hand on the bottom. They have the famous Fornasetti studio mark on the bottom of each coaster.

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 0.5 in.

    H 1.27 cm

  • Diameter
    4 in. (10.16 cm)
  • Seller location
    North Miami, FL
  • Sold As
    Set of 8
  • Reference number
    LU80982190032

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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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