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Fornasetti

Piero Fornasetti (Italy, 1913–88)

The Italian artist, illustrator and furniture maker 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 dishes, 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 reigns of the company after his father's death.

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Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Tori and Torerj Dinner Plates Rare Set of Six Vintage
By Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
These wonderful hard to find and hard to come by complete set of rare wonderful bullfight black and white vintage Mid-Century Modern porcelain dinner plates are the genius work and i...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Original Fornasetti Commode, circa 1970
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
An original chest with architectural scenes by Fornasetti. Signed. Piero Fornasetti, (1913-1988) 'Archittetura' chest, 1960-1980 produced by Atelier Fornasetti, lithographical...
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1970s Italian Vintage Fornasetti

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Lacquer

Piero Fornasetti Serving Tray Barware Mid-Century Modern
By Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This great and rare serigraphed Italian Mid-Century Modern metal serving tray is the work of Italian artist, dreamer and genius Piero Fornasetti. This is great for barware. This part...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

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Metal

Fornasetti Table Lamp
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A limited edition signed Fornasetti lamp marked 16/35. Measurement is without the shade.
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1970s Italian Vintage Fornasetti

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Brass

Glass Vase Designed by Nigel Coates for Pietro Fornasetti
By Fornasetti, Nigel Coates
Located in Bordeaux, FR
Glass vase by Nigel Coates for Piero Fornasetti, special edition 2009. Made in Italy. Nigel Coates (Malvern, b.1949) has consistently challenged the meaning of architecture and the o...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Fornasetti

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Glass

Sun Floor Lamp by Fornasetti, Italy, 1990s
By Fornasetti
Located in SAINT-OUEN, FR
Floor lamp sun face in soft stamped plastic by Fornasetti for the editor Antonangeli Illuminazione.
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

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Plastic

Fornasetti Metal and Wood Cigarette Box Made in Italy in the 1960s
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A green metal and wood box by Piero fornasetti. It's decorated with a sailing ship, mahogany inside wood is in perfect conditions.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

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Metal

20th Century Italian Table Lamp by Fornasetti, circa 1980
By Fornasetti
Located in London, London
A stylish enameled table lamp by Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) in white with color transfer printed lithographic scenes of hot air balloons with brass detailing. Signed with early lab...
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20th Century Italian Fornasetti

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Brass

"Fiori" Tray by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, 1950s
By Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Piero Fornasetti tray featuring a flower motif. Produced in the 1950s and cataloged. Condition: Excellent vintage condition, minor wear consistent with age and use Measures: Wi...
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1850s Italian Mid-Century Modern Antique Fornasetti

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Metal

Fornasetti Orange, Blue, Yellow, Gold & Green Court Jester White Porcelain Vase
By Fornasetti, Rosenthal
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a signed Mid-Century Modern brightly colored in orange, blue, yellow, green and black court jester themed petite white porcelain vase or pencil holder by Fornasetti for Ro...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

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Porcelain

White, Gold and Black Porcelain Metropolitan Opera "Otello" Play Bill Theme Tray
By Fornasetti
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a rare Mid-Century Modern Italian signed Fornasetti Teatro Alla Scala (Otello) "play bill" white porcelain with black print transfer pin tray or catch-all play bill theme ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Set of Ten "Mitologia" Coasters by Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish set of ten Fornasetti drink coasters date to the 1970s and were produced exclusively for the New York City department store Bonwit Teller. Note: This pattern is calle...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Set of Sixteen Fornasetti "Mitologia" Coasters
By Fornasetti
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish set of sixteen Fornasetti drink coasters date to the 1970s and were produced exclusively for the New York City department store Bonwit Teller. The pattern is called "Mit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Pair of Late 20th Century Italian Floor Lamps by Fornasetti
By Antonangeli, Fornasetti
Located in London, London
A beautiful pair of floor lamps by Piero Fornasetti. This particular model retailed by Antonangeli in the 1990s, now discontinued and appreciating in value. More importantly it gives...
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20th Century Italian Fornasetti

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Plexiglass

Pair of Late 20th Century Italian Floor Lamps by Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in London, London
A beautiful pair of floor lamps by Piero Fornasetti. This particular model retailed by Antonangeli in the 1990s, now discontinued and appreciating in value. More importantly it gives...
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20th Century Italian Fornasetti

Materials

Plexiglass

Pair of Late 20th Century Italian Table Lamps by Fornasetti
By Antonangeli, Fornasetti
Located in London, London
A beautiful pair of table lamps by Piero Fornasetti. This particular model retailed by Antonangeli in the 1990s, now discontinued and appreciating in value. More importantly it gives...
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20th Century Italian Fornasetti

Materials

Plexiglass

Fornasetti Glass Set Occhio and Bocca Black or White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The details of the face of Lina Cavalieri, Piero Fornasetti’s enduring muse, decorate this superior set of glasses. A true collector's piece for any design and art enthusiast.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Glass

Fornasetti Vase Paris Tour Black/White/Platinum
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Another classic of the Fornasetti catalogue, vases' uncommon shape mixed with the timeless beauty of Lina Cavalieri, Piero Fornasetti’s enduring muse, bring to life one of the most d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

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Ceramic

Fornasetti Vase Buongiorno-Buonanotte Black/White/Gold
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Another classic of the Fornasetti catalogue, vases' uncommon shape mixed with the timeless beauty of Lina Cavalieri, Piero Fornasetti’s enduring muse, bring to life one of the most d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Fornasetti Vase Rigato Serratura Black or White or Red
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Another Classic of the Fornasetti catalogue, vases' uncommon shape mixed with the timeless beauty of Lina Cavalieri, Piero Fornasetti’s enduring muse, bring to life one of the most d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Fornasetti Vase Pirata Black or White or Gold
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Another Classic of the Fornasetti catalogue, vases' uncommon shape mixed with the timeless beauty of Lina Cavalieri, Piero Fornasetti’s enduring muse, bring to life one of the most d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Fornasetti Wooden and Metal Box Champagne Black/White Hand Painted
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the boxes turn an everyday action into an aesthetic experience. The Fornasetti boxes are a whimsical place to keep your most precious items. This ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

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Metal

Fornasetti Wooden and Metal Box Egocentrismo Black or White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the boxes turn an everyday action into an aesthetic experience. The Fornasetti boxes are a whimsical place to keep your most precious items. This ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

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Metal

Fornasetti Wooden and Metal Box Serratura Black/White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the boxes turn an everyday action into an aesthetic experience. The Fornasetti boxes are a whimsical place to keep your most precious items. This ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Bookends Serratura on Red Metal
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
There can be wit and unpredictability in the order: this was Fornasetti idea when he designed his first bookends. The mix of images with their functional design make these accessorie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Decorative Panel Silenzio from the Series Tema e Variazioni
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Fornasetti panels are amongst the best expressions of the mix of functional design and aesthetic exploration. Like all Fornasetti accessories, this panel is handcrafted using ori...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Paper Basket Mani Hands Black and White Metal Brass
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the paper basket is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This piece is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lac...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

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Brass, Metal

Fornasetti Vase Passata di Pesci Color
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Another classic of the Fornasetti catalogue, vases' uncommon shape mixed with the timeless beauty of Lina Cavalieri, Piero Fornasetti’s enduring muse, bring to life one of the most d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Fornasetti Bookends Gift Tema E Variazioni N. 171 Black/White/Red Metal
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
There can be wit and unpredictability in the order: this was Fornasetti idea when he designed his first bookends. The mix of images with their functional design make these accessorie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Vase Ajna Black/White/Gold
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Another classic of the Fornasetti catalogue, vases' uncommon shape mixed with the timeless beauty of Lina Cavalieri, Piero Fornasetti’s enduring muse, bring to life one of the most d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Fornasetti Vase Clown Black/White/Gold
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Another classic of the Fornasetti catalogue, vases' uncommon shape mixed with the timeless beauty of Lina Cavalieri, Piero Fornasetti’s enduring muse, bring to life one of the most d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Fornasetti Vase Burlone Black/White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Another classic of the Fornasetti catalogue, vases' uncommon shape mixed with the timeless beauty of Lina Cavalieri, Piero Fornasetti’s enduring muse, bring to life one of the most d...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Fornasetti Rectangular Tray Sardine Silver Leaf on Black
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Fornasetti's trays are one of the best ways to enjoy the artist's unique designs and whimsical illustrations. The tray is the object with more variations than any other produced by ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain and Gold Round Bowl or Dish Vintage
By Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
Classical and Roman would elicit the imagery on this signed lovely vintage Italian Piero Fornasetti porcelain gilded bowl or dish. It is hallmarked on the bottom and is Mid-Century M...
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1950s Italian Classical Roman Vintage Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Folding Screen "Citta' di Carte" by Piero Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
“Citta’ di Carte” (City of Cards) folding screen by Piero Fornasetti. Litographic transfer print on wood. Originally designed in 1950, this is one of four re-editions made in 2001. M...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

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Wood

Fornasetti Waste Paper Can
By Fornasetti
Located in Atlanta, GA
"Libri" waste can for papers by Italian Company Fornasetti known for its transfer distinguished and often whimsical print designs onto many surfaces. The metal can features a cat and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

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Metal

Fornasetti Metal Umbrella Stand
By Fornasetti
Located in Atlanta, GA
A metal umbrella stand by Italian design firm Fornasetti, known for its eye-catching and often whimsical graphic design and transfer techniques to different surface. This figural "Te...
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Early 2000s Italian Modern Fornasetti

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Metal

Piero Fornasetti "Botanica Pratica" Porcelain Serving Bowl Mid-Century Modern
By Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful substantial sized porcelain square vintage Mid-Century Modern Italian Piero Fornasetti bowl or serving piece has all the elements of botanicals flowers and is entitled...
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1950s Italian Classical Roman Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Eight-Panel Folding Screen by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, 1950's
By Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Eight-panel screen depicting a woodland scene (“Bosco”), lithographed wood hand-painted by Fornasetti himself. The verso depicts a grisaille vignette of game birds (“Selvaggina”) on ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

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Wood

2 Yellow, Black, Green, Blue and Orange Fornasetti "Bosco Con Balaustra" Screens
By Fornasetti
Located in Houston, TX
Offered are two Mid-Century Modern "Bosco con Balaustra" screens, in lacquer over wood lithographically printed with brass hinges and on wheels by Piero Fornasetti in a creamy white/...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Brass

Small Fornasetti Porcelain Jewelry Box With Roman Diety Janus in Profile
By Fornasetti
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Small porcelain box by Fornasetti with a Janus reference text inside the lid, see detailed image.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Set of Eight Midcentury ‘Le Arpie Gentili’ Coasters by Piero Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A complete set of eight Piero Fornasetti ceramic drinks coasters, entitled ‘Le Arpie Gentili’. These 1950s coasters each depict a mythical half bird, half human figure held within a ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Ceramic

Rare Vintage Mid-20th Century Limited edition Fornasetti Umbrella Stand
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
This highly decorative piece is in excellent condition and a rare subject depicting bags & light luggage from the mid-20th century. There is also an image showing the limited edition...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain "Recipe" Plates Mid-Century Modern
By Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
These delightful hallmarked set of three Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti recipe plates are amusing and unusual. One is for stuffed crown roast or frankfurters, the other ...
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1950s Italian Classical Roman Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Fornasetti Trumeau Archittettura Black and White Handcrafted Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The most iconic Fornasetti piece of furniture, from the prototype designed by Gio Ponti with Piero Fornasetti in the early 1950s. The piece is handcrafted and the architectural m...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Fornasetti Round Tray Bocca Red Lips Hand Colored on White
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the tray is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This tray is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth lacquer. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Umbrella Stand Peccato Originale Original Sin Metal and Brass
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
Like all Fornasetti accessories, the umbrella stand is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. This piece is silk-screened by hand, painted by hand and covered with a smooth l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal, Brass

Fornasetti Table Madrepore E Fiori Marini Silver Leaf on Green Malachite Tripod
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A Fornasetti table is the perfect synthesis of the artist's vision: a perfect balance of functional design and visionary illustrations that bring new meaning to a common object. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Fornasetti Table Emisfero Occidentale Gold/Sponged Blue, Wooden Legs
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
A Fornasetti table is the perfect synthesis of the artist's vision: a perfect balance of functional design and visionary illustrations that bring new meaning to a common object. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Wood

Set of Eight "Mitologia" Drink Coasters by Fornasetti
By Fornasetti
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish eight-piece set of porcelain and gilt gold coasters date to the 1970s and were an exclusive design for Bonwit Teller. The pattern is called "Mitologia" and depicts Greco...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

S/6 Black and White Fornasetti Le Oceanidi 'Women in Shells' Porcelain Coasters
By Fornasetti
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a very rare signed and numbered set of six porcelain print transfer black and white Mid-Century Modern Italian Fornasetti "Le Oceanidi" cocktail coasters with an aquatic (...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Old Piero Fornasetti Box 'a'
By Fornasetti
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
This is a wonderful vintage Fornasetti box. It has an enameled metal cover with Fornasetti's iconic horse carriage and a wooden inner compartment. The bottom is red felt. Manufacture...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

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Metal

Pair of Piero Fornasetti Hot Air Balloon Race Porcelain Plates Vintage
By Fornasetti, Rosenthal
Located in North Miami, FL
This pair of Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal Germany porcelain plates are identical and are whimsical. They are for a hot air balloon race from 1784. Fun and great for serving. They a...
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1960s German Classical Roman Vintage Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Hand-Decorated and Printed Aluminium Tray, Italy, circa 1950
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milan, IT
Fornasetti's production is truly vast, during the 20th century, the objects that came out of Fornasetti's design hands have spanned every field of design. This hand-decorated and scr...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

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Aluminum, Brass

Decorative Piero Fornasetti Oval Tray, Italy, 1950s
By Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Pear and lemon motif tray by Piero Fornasetti. Produced in the mid-1950s as per the Fornasetti catalog. Original label on the back. Ideal as a kitchen or dining area decoration.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti

Materials

Metal

Piero Fornasetti Cammei Paperweight, circa 1950
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A rare cubic paperweight from the 1950s designed by Piero Fornasetti. This black and white porcelain paperweight is decorated on each side of the cube with the profiles of six Roman ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Late 20th Century Pair Fornasetti Farfalle Butterfly Table Lamps, Italy
By Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Late 20th century pair of Fornasetti Farfalle butterfly table lamps, Italy. Beautiful lamps as shown in photos. The iconic enameled butterfly design with brass details. Shades n...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Brass, Enamel

Fornasetti Bar Stool Farfalle Butterflies Hand Colored Black Wood
By Fornasetti
Located in MILANO, IT
The Fornasetti chairs and stools are going to be the most surprising detail of your house. Measures: H 79 cm. This stool is handcrafted using original artisan techniques. It is si...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Fornasetti

Materials

Metal