Piero Fornasetti Oval Tray, 1950s For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 7 images

Piero Fornasetti Oval Tray, 1950s

About

Very rare original Piero Fornasetti oval tray, Italy, circa 1950, metal, lacquered, signed with old Fornasetti sticker and included a Lucite stand Measures: H 4 x 45 B x 34 D cm.

Details

  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 3.94 in. x W 17.72 in. x D 13.39 in.

    H 10 cm x W 45 cm x D 34 cm

  • Seller location
    Munich, DE
  • Reference number
    LU100508480013

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Fornasetti (Artist)

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

5 / 5
Vetted
Gold Seller
1stdibs seller since 2013
Typical response time: 5 hrs
Located in Munich, DE
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Early Piero Fornasetti Flower Serving Tray, 1950s
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Platters and Serveware
Enamel

Two Piero Fornasetti Paper Weights, 1950s

By Fornasetti
$833 Sale Price / item
21% Off
Two Piero Fornasetti Paper Weights, 1950s
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights
Porcelain
Piero Fornasetti Box `Strumenti Musicali`
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes
Metal
Piero Fornasetti ‘Pipe’ Trinket Box, Italy
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Cigar Boxes and Humidors
Metal
You May Also Like
Decorative Piero Fornasetti Oval Tray, Italy, 1...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Piero Fornasetti "Mano" Tray

By Fornasetti
$1,320
Piero Fornasetti "Mano" Tray
Fornasetti
1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Piero Fornasetti serving tray
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Tray

By Fornasetti
$950 Sale Price
20% Off
Vintage Piero Fornasetti Tray
Fornasetti
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Large Tray King Sun by Piero Fornasetti, circa ...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche
Metal, Enamel
Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Fossil Dish, circa 1...
Fornasetti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Ceramic
Piero Fornasetti Serving Tray, Italy, 1960s
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche
1954 Piero Fornasetti II Cortile Tole Tray
Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Metal, Enamel

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries