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Piero Fornasetti Side Table, Lacquered Wood and Brass, 1960s

$4,950

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A gorgeous collector's occasional table by Piero Fornasetti, signed underneath with its original label. A whimsical drink table with trompe l'oeil art work depicting playing cards, keys, mail, scissors, a pocket watch, a pair of glasses and some loose change in black and gray tones on a cream or ivory toned background. The lacquered wood top rests on a solid brass tripod base. A rare and sought after side table, in a style often chosen by interior designers and collectors to add a touch of playfulness to any interior. In original condition. The brass has rich patina, but it can be polished up if one prefers. Contact us for more details on our collection of vintage works by Piero Fornasetti including various lamps, mirror, table, magazine stand and decorative objects and plates. Literature: B. Fornasetti, “Fornasetti: The Complete Universe”, Milano 2009 Provenance: Private collection, Milano.

Details

  • Creator
    Piero Fornasetti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 21.25 in (53.98 cm)Diameter: 14.5 in (36.83 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Brass,Wood,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin
    Italy
  • Period
    20th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1958330271162

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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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