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Piero Fornasetti Milano Signed Mid-Century Modern Side Table

$4,854.45

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Sought after Mid-Century Modern side /drinks table created by Piero Fornasetti in the 1970's. A stylish and rare piece made of lacquered wood board with beautiful artwork displaying keys, coins, sunglasses, a pocket watch, coins, Fornasetti playing cards, tickets and an opened letter. The top is affixed on a brass tri-pod base. A beautiful conversation ánd collector's piece that will fit into just about any interior from mid century modern to classical or even art deco. It will look stunning in a living room, kitchen, library or bedroom. The table will be shipped insured overseas disassembled (just three screws) in a custom made wooden crate. Cost of transport to the US is crate included.

Details

  • Creator
    Piero Fornasetti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20.87 in (53 cm)Diameter: 19.69 in (50 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Brass,Wood,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1970
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Weesp, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1464229955852

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    Ships From: Weesp, Netherlands
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About the Designer

Piero Fornasetti

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 dinner plates, 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 reins of the company after his father's death.

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