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.
Piero Fornasetti (Italian, 1913-1988), Il Sole di Capri plate manufactured by Rosenthal, of square form, in box, factory mark to underside 'Rosenthal, Classic, Germany, Fornasetti, Dekor: Il Sole Di Capri'. Width 22.5 cm. Provenance: John Playford, Armadal
Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) three Intarsio plates manufactured by Fornasetti Milano, Italy, c.1955 transfer printed porcelain 26 cm diameter stamped to underside of each example, Intarsio / Fornasetti - Milano / Made in Italy. Provenance: Purchased direct
Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988), a cigarette case, circa 1960, rectangular, with a lithographic transfer entitled 'Cigarettes', gilt stamp to base Fornasetti Milano made in Italy, accompanied by the original box, 30 cm long.
Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988), an enamelled metal waste paper basket; together with one other in the style of Fornasetti, circa 1960, the first of tubular form, raised on six studded feet depicting a lithographic transfer of repeated grisaille portraits on
Piero Fornasetti squat vase in ceramic and enamel 36/99, signed on the artist's label verso: Tema e Variazioni Fornasetti Milano made in Italy. Note: hand made by Bitossi Ceramiche for Fornasetti, each squat vase comes from Piero Fornasetti's historical ar
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