Fornasetti Musicale Chair For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 7 images

Fornasetti Musicale Chair

Estimated Production TimeIn Stock Now

About

This chair is hand painted, 3 of 10 made in 2016. 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. 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.  

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 37 in. x W 15.75 in. x D 15.75 in.H 93.98 cm x W 40.01 cm x D 40.01 cm
  • Seat Height
    18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Seller Location
    LOS ANGELES, CA
  • Seller Reference Number
    210000001227
  • Reference Number
    LU246638699513
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    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 cannot be returned.

    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
1stdibs seller since 2016
Located in LOS ANGELES, CA
More From This Seller
Fornasetti Bocca Chair

Fornasetti Bocca Chair

By Fornasetti
$5,600
Fornasetti Bocca Chair
Fornasetti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Chairs
This chair has a lithographically applied graphic which is hand-finished and covered with a smooth lacquer. 13 of 60 made in 2016. The Italian artist and illustrator Piero Fornaset...
Fornasetti Chair Moro

Fornasetti Chair Moro

By Fornasetti
$6,600
Fornasetti Chair Moro
Fornasetti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Chairs
This chair has a lithographically applied graphic which is hand-finished and covered with a smooth lacquer. 12 of 20 produced in 2015. The Italian artist and illustrator Piero Forn...
Fornasetti Chair Capitello Corinzio
Fornasetti Chair Capitello Corinzio
Fornasetti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Chairs
This chair has a lithographically applied graphic which is hand-finished and covered with a smooth lacquer. 12 of 20 produced in 2016. The Italian artist and illustrator Piero Forn...
Fornasetti Chair Capitello Jonico
Fornasetti Chair Capitello Jonico
Fornasetti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Chairs
This chair has a lithographically applied graphic which is hand-finished and covered with a smooth lacquer. 4 of 12 produced in 2016. The Italian artist and illustrator Piero Forna...
You May Also Like
Fornasetti Chair "Musicale"

Fornasetti Chair "Musicale"

By Fornasetti
$7,800
Fornasetti Chair "Musicale"
Fornasetti
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal
A “Musicale” chair by Atelier Fornasetti. Lithographically printed. Hand colored wood, lacquer, metal tubular legs.  
Fornasetti Chair "Musicale"

Fornasetti Chair "Musicale"

By Fornasetti
$7,800
Fornasetti Chair "Musicale"
Fornasetti
20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Metal
A “Musicale” chair by Atelier Fornasetti. Lithographically printed. Hand colored wood, lacquer, metal tubular legs.
Musicale' 'Guitar' Chair, by Fornasetti
Musicale' 'Guitar' Chair, by Fornasetti
Fornasetti
2010s Italian Chairs
Shapely curved chair suggesting a guitar form, complemented by a whimsical pattern of frets, tuning pegs, decorative rosettes, etc. The design is transfer printed and hand-tinted in ...
Atelier Fornasetti chair "Musicale", Italy 1989
Atelier Fornasetti chair "Musicale", Italy 1989
Fornasetti
Vintage 1980s Italian Chairs
Metal
A “Musicale” chair by Atelier Fornasetti. Lithographically printed. Hand coloured Wood, lacquer, metal tubular legs. Italy, 1989 Marked no. 16-60-89 Naty 95.5 cm high x 41 cm wide x ...
Atelier Fornasetti lacquered chair "Musicale", Italy 1989
Atelier Fornasetti lacquered chair "Musicale", ...
Fornasetti
Vintage 1980s Italian Chairs
Metal
A “Musicale” chair by Atelier Fornasetti. Lithographically printed. Hand coloured wood, lacquer, metal tubular legs. Italy, 1989 Marked no. 17/60/89 60 Measures: 95.5 cm high x ...
Maison Jensen Balloon Chairs Upholstered in Fornasetti Balloon Fabric, Pair
Maison Jensen Balloon Chairs Upholstered in For...
Unknown
Mid-20th Century Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Maison Jensen Balloon Chairs Upholstered in Fornasetti Balloon Fabric, Pair
Fornasetti "Moro" Chair

Fornasetti "Moro" Chair

By Fornasetti
$5,800 Sale Price
22% Off
Fornasetti "Moro" Chair
Fornasetti
Early 2000s Italian Chairs
Wood, Lacquer
Comprised of lithographically printed and hand-colored lacquered wood back and seat. Never been used - in mint condition. Two available - each signed, dated and numbered.
Fornasetti "Sole" Chair

Fornasetti "Sole" Chair

By Fornasetti
$3,500
Fornasetti "Sole" Chair
Fornasetti
1990s Italian Chairs
Wood
Lithographically printed and hand-colored wood, raised on four black legs. Stamped, numbered 5 out of an edition of 40 and dated 1993.

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries