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
    LacqueredMetal
  • 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
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with the seller on your behalf to ensure you're satisfied with the 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 14 days of delivery.

    View details
  • 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
Platinum Seller
1stdibs seller since 2013
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
Piero Fornasetti early enameled flower motif tray, 1950s The large rectangular Fornasetti tray is an remarkable example of Piero Fornasetti's work. Measures: 25 D x 59 B x 1.3 H cm.

Two Piero Fornasetti Paper Weights, 1950s

By Fornasetti
$817 Sale Price / item
21% Off
Two Piero Fornasetti Paper Weights, 1950s
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Paperweights
Porcelain
These paper weights are fabulous pieces by Piero Fornasetti, manufactured by Ginori, Italy, 1950s. Measures: H 10 x D 6.5 cm.
Piero Fornasetti Box `Strumenti Musicali`
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Boxes
Metal
Piero Fornasetti (Italy.) This is a wonderful vintage Fornasetti box. It has a enameled metal cover with 2 Fornasetti's iconic historic music instruments and a mahogany wooden inn...
Piero Fornasetti ‘Pipe’ Trinket Box, Italy
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Cigar Boxes and Humidors
Metal
Two vintage trinket boxes by Piero Fornasetti, circa 1950. The lacquered, metal exterior features colored transfers with ‘pipe’ motif and a decorative table clock, whilst the wooden ...
You May Also Like
Decorative Piero Fornasetti Oval Tray, Italy, 1...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Pear and lemon motif tray by Piero Fornasetti. Produced in the mid-1950s as per the Fornasetti catalog. Original label on the back. Ideal as a kitchen or dining area decoration.

Piero Fornasetti "Mano" Tray

By Fornasetti
$1,320
Piero Fornasetti "Mano" Tray
Fornasetti
1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Iconic metal Piero Fornasetti "Mano" tray. Signed, dated and labeled.

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Tray

By Fornasetti
$950 Sale Price
20% Off
Vintage Piero Fornasetti Tray
Fornasetti
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Early tray by Italian designer Piero Fornasetti - Fornasetti is perfection in any era... for display or serving, serve up a conversation with an artful display! Great for any holi...
Piero Fornasetti serving tray
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Stunning Fornasetti serving tray featuring an adorned dress arm holding an antique glass. Label on the back.
Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Fossil Dish, circa 1...
Fornasetti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Ceramic
Piero Fornasetti porcelain fossil dish, circa 1950s-1960s. The rectangular tray depicts fossils in naturalistic colors of black, white and gold. Dimensions: 3 3/4 inches x 5 1...
Large Tray King Sun by Piero Fornasetti, circa ...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche
Metal
Metal tray with King Sun ‘Sole Ricciuto’ golden and black decoration on a red background Designed by Piero Fornasetti, and produced by Fornasetti Milano, circa 1950-1960 Labeled by...
Piero Fornasetti Serving Tray, Italy, 1960s
Fornasetti
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Decorative Dishes and Vide-Poche
Beautiful Fornasetti serving tray featuring a vegetable design. Label on the back. Perfectly restored.
1954 Piero Fornasetti II Cortile Tole Tray
Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Serving Pieces
Metal
Piero Fornasetti created the Cortile designs in 1954. Showing polygonal courtyards, seen from above, they differed from the dome designs which are seen from below. This metal tray fr...

More Ways to Browse

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries