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Rare 'Città di Carte' (City of Cards) Side Table by Piero Fornasetti, Signed

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This rare collectors item is a 'Città di Carte' (City of Cards in Italian) side table by Piero Fornasetti, signed underneath with its original label. The 'City of Cards' motif is one of the most sought-after of all themes and variations designed and made by Fornasetti making this ideal for collectors and interior designers looking for something very special for their most important clients. This drinks table is made with lacquered wood board that has beautiful artwork displaying playing cards assembled into buildings with a mountain range, blue skies and white clouds in the background and is affixed on top of a brass tri-pod base that is removable for easy and economical shipping or transport. This table has been completely restored, the top has been re-lacquered with a French Polish clear coat which protects the finish / surface and the artwork below as well adding greater vibrancy and depth to the colors and the brass legs have been gently polished. Some signs of age and patina still present which adds to the beauty of this simple yet beautiful piece. The 'Città di Carte' (City of Cards) motif is documented in the book "Fornasetti, The Complete Universe". This rare piece is sought after by interior designers and collectors alike. Perfect piece to add a little splash of whimsy and intrigue into your interior decor. With Zoom meetings from home now a commonplace daily activity - portable side tables are so much more valuable to possess... impress your friends and colleagues with this gorgeous Fornasetti gold and black cameos side table as either your mobile device stand or a drinks table next to your chair. This intriguing occasional table by Piero Fornasetti would work excellent as a small table to place a book or a drink on top of, and placed next to your bed, reading chair, TV chair or living room lounge chairs or end table to a sofa. Also consider as a plant stand or column to display an art piece or your favorite framed photo of a loved one. Contact us for more details on our collection of Fornasetti lamps, tables, bar carts, mirrors, umbrella stands and more. This Pierro Fornassetti occasional table would work great in a Mid-Century Modern, Scandanavian Modern or Danish Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Post-Modern room. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Transitional, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Would also be an apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge or members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. MEASUREMENTS: H 20" x 19.25" Diameter CONDITION: Excellent condition with very light patina. We gave the top a new French Polish clear coat for greater vibrance to color and protection of the artwork and surface. Ready for immediate use.

Details

  • Creator
    Piero Fornasetti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20 in (50.8 cm)Diameter: 19.25 in (48.9 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Brass,Wood,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1970s
  • Condition
    Excellent vintage condition with very light patina to brass. Top was given a French Polish. Ready for immediate use.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330228666022

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    Ships From: Long Beach, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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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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Automaton is the premier source for early-production originals of hard-to-find 20th-century designs and functional art, serving a range of clients, from celebrities and interior designers to aficionados with modest budgets. Its 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles space is packed with rare examples of designs from a large repertoire of such designers as Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Vladimir Kagan, Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Jorge Zalszupin, Sergio Rodrigues and Giuseppe Scapinelli.

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