1 of 8 images

Trompe L'oeil Umbrella Stand by Piero Fornasetti

About

A trompe l'oeil group of classical vases decorates the outer surface of a chic and practical umbrella stand. Designed by Fornasetti in the early 1950s, this example was made more recently. Fully marked.

Details

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

    H 29.25 in. x W 18.5 in. x D 6 in.

    H 74.3 cm x W 46.99 cm x D 15.24 cm

  • Seller location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference number
    LU80911225004

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 (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

Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2005
Typical response time: 2 hrs
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Associations:
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
"Le Village" Ceramic Mural by Roger Capron
Roger Capron
French Decorative Art
Earthenware
A very charming, stylized depiction of a village in Provence. Characteristically, Capron hints at both medieval art and post-war modern graphics, along with a healthy dose of folk. G...

Enamel by Studio Del Campo

$2,200
Enamel by Studio Del Campo
Studio Del Campo
Italian Decorative Art
This beautiful platter / wall-plaque -- depicting two figures carrying foodstuffs to market, accompanied by a ravenous wolf-like creature -- was made in the early 1960s at the Del Ca...

Sofa by Florence Knoll

$4,500
Sofa by Florence Knoll
Florence Knoll
American Sofas
Wood
An early design by Florence Knoll, and manufactured by her own company. This sofa is extremely comfortable, in spite of its somewhat austere, "architectural" appearance. Re-upholstered.

Bowl by Antonio Prieto

$1,400
Bowl by Antonio Prieto
Antonio Prieto
American Decorative Bowls
Stoneware
California studio potter and influential teacher Antonio Prieto threw this stoneware bowl with a two-stage profile, and then decorated the interior with lozenge forms, comprising a r...
You May Also Like
Piero Fornasetti Umbrella Stand
Fornasetti
Italian Umbrella Stands
Metal
Rare Piero Fornasetti Umbrella Stand, Italy circa 1960, black red striped, Lithographically printed and hand coloured metal, signed on the bottom of the base. Brass framed heavy meta...

Piero Fornasetti Umbrella Stand

$1,960 Sale Price
20% Off
Piero Fornasetti Umbrella Stand
Fornasetti
Italian Umbrella Stands
Delightful trompe l'oeil umbrella stand designed by Piero Fornasetti depicts a highly detailed wicker basket of flowers. This piece dates to the late 1950s or early 1960s and is in e...
Umbrella Stand by Piero Fornasetti Attributed, ...
Fornasetti
Italian Umbrella Stands
Aluminum, Brass
Elegant and decorative Mid-Century Modern umbrella stand. Lacquered in white and gold strips. Probably by Piero Fornasetti, 1950s, Italy.
Piero Fornasetti, Umbrella Stand, Motif of Hats...
Fornasetti
Italian Umbrella Stands
Brass
Umbrella stand designed By Piero Fornasetti, 1950s. Motif of hats in brass, lacquered and lithographic transfer over masonite board. Printed label with early Fornasetti mark and ...
Piero Fornasetti, Umbrella Stand, Mid-1900s
Fornasetti
Italian Umbrella Stands
Metal
Umbrella stand with motif of a dog, designed by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, mid-1900s.
Piero Fornasetti Teste Antiche Umbrella Stand
Fornasetti
Italian Umbrella Stands
Metal
A classic example by Fornasetti umbrella stand.
Piero Fornasetti Umbrella Stand
Fornasetti
Italian Umbrella Stands
Rare umbrella stand by Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988), Italian designer known for his whimsical trompe l'oeil works on metal. This is an early example, circa 1950s-1960s.
Piero Fornasetti Cat on Books Metal Umbrella St...
Fornasetti
Italian Umbrella Stands
Metal
Piero Fornasetti cat on books metal umbrella stand, 1960. The charming early model of the stand depicts a cat perched atop a pile of books made of enameled and lithographed alum...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries