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Piero Fornasetti Table Lamp Cameo Red And Black, circa 1960

$2,980

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Graphical desk lamp painted by Piero Fornasetti Beautiful Piero Fornasetti table lamp (Cameo), circa 1960, Italy, comprised of painted metal decorated with emperors (lithographical and transfer-printed) and patinated brass. The original print is still in very good condition, we found 2 tiny imperfections in the black lacquer. The brass ring covering the socket shows fissures that are of no effect to the overall impression. Other than that good to very good vintage condition.

Details

  • Creator
    Fornasetti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16.53 in. (41.99 cm)Diameter: 4.7 in. (11.94 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    LacqueredMetal,PatinatedBrass
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1965
  • Condition
    Rewired: the main power cord has been replaced. Wear consistent with age and use. The original print ist still in very good condition, we found 2 tiny imperfections in the black lacquer. The brass ring covering the socket shows fissures that are of no effect to the overall impression. Other than that good to very good.
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU993522481412

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    $250 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 1-2 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Vienna, Austria
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About Fornasetti (Designer)

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
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Located in Vienna, Austria

A destination for collectors, designers and architects from around the world, Derive specializes in carefully curated, unique pieces of postwar and postmodern design from such manufacturers as Lobmeyr, B&B Italy and Maison Jansen and distinguished designers like Josef Hoffmann, Ettore Sottsass and Max Ingrand. Derive also offers a full...

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