Learn about Fornasetti, Piero

Piero Fornasetti (1913-88) was a Milanese designer, painter, sculptor and interior decorator. The range of products incorporating his whimsical and often black and white designs include scarves, drink coasters, lamps, umbrella stands, trays, cabinets, chairs, tables, desks, screens and plates and vases. It has been estimated that by the 1960's there were over 11,000 different items incorporating his designs. He showed artistic ability as a child, and studied at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, and later at the Castello Sforzesco school, both in Milan. After a period of travel to Africa he returned to Milan in 1933, and his designs on silk scarves were seen by noted Italian architect Gio Ponti, who later became his collaborator on various projects including the interior decoration of the Casa Lucano in Milan in 1951, and the ocean liner, Andrea Doria in 1952. Since his death in 1988, the business in Milan has been continued by his son Barnaba who has revived production of the most popular designs, and produced new designs under the Fornasetti name.
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Piero Fornasetti (Italian, 1913-1988), Lacquered Tray, depicting an extended hand holding a glass, paper label (A/F), length 59 cm. Provenance: The Estate of The Late Alida Haskins widow of Sam Haskins

Fornasetti three panel screen with Fornasetti fabric insert iron and glass on casters Italy, c. 1950s. 186 cm high, 148 cm wide, 66 cm deep

Fornasetti circular occasional table the glass top with trompe l'oeil portrait of smoking woman on three tapering wooden legs, joined by shaped undertier complete with Patrick Mauries, Fornasetti, Designer of Dreams (London 1991)

Piero Fornasetti (Italian, 1913-1988). Musicali chair, designed 1950 hand-painted and lithographic transfer-printed wood, original black spike legs, (A/F) repair to legs

A Fornasetti brass and lacquer two-tier drinks trolley, Italian, circa 1960. 74 cm high, 70 cm wide, 42.5 cm deep

An Italian 'Jerusalem by Night' cabinet, designed by Piero Fornasetti, second half 20th century. 130 cm high, 92 cm wide, 33 cm deep

An Italian hand painted and transfer printed 'Zebra' cabinet, by Barnaba Fornasetti, second half 20th century. 130 cm high, 92 cm wide, 33 cm deep

A 'Themes and Variations' circular shade floor lamp by Piero Fornasetti, Italian, second half 20th century. 186 cm high

A 'Themes and Variations' floor lamp by Piero Fornasetti, Italian, second half 20th century. 179 cm high Note: Fornasetti lived most of his life in Milan, attending the Brera Art Academy from 1930-32 when he was expelled for insubordination. During World W

An Italian 'Citta di Carte' table lamp by Piero Fornasetti, second half 20th century. 105 cm high including the shade. Reference: Fornasetti - Designer of Dreams, Patrick Mauries, Thames and Hudson, Published 1992, Page 212 for double page colour illustrat

An Aldo Tura bar cabinet on wheels with Fornasetti appliques, circa 1950 97 x 120 x 55 cm

Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) an umbrella stand, circa 1950 lithographic transfer depicting cluster of ladies handbags on shaped metal, 75 cm high.

Piero Fornasetti Libreria, four panel screen Italy, c.1953 lithographic transfers, castors 137 cm high. 140 cm wide. 3 cm deep

A Piero Fornasetti designed 'Citta Di Carte' screen, designed 1952 Hermes the four panel screen hand-painted and lithographically printed in polychrome hues, signed to the lower right panel Fornasetti Milano and inscrbed 'Made in Italy N. 2 di 4/2003 200 c

Piero Fornasetti, plate for Paris match, 1966, in commemoration of the moon landing. Diameter 26 cm

Fornasetti, Milano, oval tray decorated with faux orange slices, retains label length 50.5 cm

Fornasetti, Milano, wastepaper basket decorated with books diameter 26 cm

Fornasetti, Milano, 1956 rectangular pin tray with gold design length 23 cm. Provenance: Marion hall Best and thence by descent

Fornasetti, Milan, 'Gerusalemme' screen black and white 200 x 200 cm

Fornasetti, Milan, 'Bocca' bar stool. Height 77 cm diameter 38 cm

A Fornasetti gilt- plywood conversation settee, the seat covered in black material. Length 104 cm. Height 71 cm

A Fornasetti glass top coffee table, Italian 20th century, with curved library of books patterned supports. Length 120 cm. Depth 60 cm. Height 60 cm

Piero Fornasetti, Sunburst chair, designed 1955, manufactured by Fornasetti Milano, lacquered wood and metal, 94 x 41 x 50 cm

A Fornasetti Moor chair, designed by Piero Fornasetti (1913 - 1988) stamped Fornasetti, Milano, made in Italy

Piero Fornasetti 'Libreria' patterned four panel screen, of lithographically and transfer printed timber depicting a set of bookshelves adorned with objects and books, the reverse decorated in grisaille with four neoclassical allegorical castors

Architettura Trumeau cabinet, designed by Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988), with black and white hand painted and lithographically printed decorations, two upper doors, a fall front and a conforming lower section

Pair of Fornasetti 'Mouth' chairs, lacquered and screen printed in black and white, with tapered tubular metal legs

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