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Fornasetti Dinner Plates

Piero Fornasetti was, in a word, a rebel. While his mid-century design contemporaries focused on streamlined, architectural forms, Fornasetti was all about decorative whimsy, enchantment and Surrealism, adorning his dinner plates and other works with dozens of eclectic motifs that he drew himself.

While you’ll find everything from animals to historic Italian architecture printed on Fornasetti’s dinner plates, chairs, tables and other designs, the illustrator and furniture maker’s signature motif is the face of a mysterious woman, one loosely modeled after opera singer Lina Cavalieri, who became his fantastical muse.

Born in Milan, Fornasetti was a 20th-century Renaissance man, mastering drawing and painting, graphic design and product design. He trained at the prestigious Brera Academy of Fine Art in Milan for two years before being thrown out for his rebellious nature. But Fornasetti was a tour de force, exhibiting hand-painted silk scarves at the Triennale di Milano just a year later — works that would draw the eye of acclaimed designer Gio Ponti. Ponti and Fornasetti would collaborate on furnishings and interiors for decades, and it was for a Ponti-organized exhibition in 1947 that Fornasetti would design his first set of plates.

Having never worked with ceramics before, Fornasetti vigorously studied the medium by visiting studios and factories, working with experts to learn all aspects of design and production. His efforts resulted in a vast assortment of collectible plates, including 350 variations on the Lina Cavalieri motif that comprised the “Tema e Variazioni” (“Theme and Variation”) series. But his dinner plates feature many other quintessential Fornasetti-style illustrations, from characters from Italian plays to hot-air balloons to dissected fruits.

Today, the Fornasetti empire is managed by the designer’s son, Barnaba, who continues his father’s idiosyncratic legacy. The famous dinner plates are not only found on the tables of design tastemakers across the globe, but also in the collections of such institutions as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

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Piero Fornasetti Malachite Green Plate Stoviglie No. 4, Milano, Italy, 1955
By Fornasetti
Located in Graz, AT
A ceramic or porcelain dish with an emerald green faux malachite ground and painted in gold by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, manufactured in midcentury in 1950s. This hand-colored decora...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Pair of Fornasetti Musical Instrument Themed Plates
By Fornasetti
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Beautiful Italian musical instrument plates by Piero Fornasetti, an Italian versatile and eclectic artist, characterized by an unstoppable creative flair that made him one of the mos...
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1970s Italian Vintage Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

14 Fornasetti for Rosenthal Palladiana Pattern Chargers / Plates
By Fornasetti
Located in Litchfield, CT
By Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal, Germany, circa 1970. Excellent condition. These rare Palladiana pattern chargers are fabulous examples of Piero Fornasetti’s superb designs. Meticu...
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1970s German Modern Vintage Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Plate-Box of Chocolates, Number 362, Themes & Variations
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Fornasetti Tema E Variazioni plate-box of chocolates, Number 362, Themes & Variations, Atelier Fornasetti. A gold-colored variation of Fornasetti's Tema E Variazioni series...
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1990s Modern Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

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 Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Plate with Coats of Armour, the Armature Pattern
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
This rare Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate from the Armature pattern is number one in the series. The black and white lithographically-decorated and hand painted porcelain plate i...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Citta di Carte City of Cards Plates in Complete Set of 12
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
A rare group of Piero Fornasetti plates, city of cards, making a complete set of twelve which are printed with polychrome images of buildings made of playing cards against a landscap...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Set of Six Strumenti Musicali Plates, 1950s-1960s
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti set of six strumenti musicali plates 1950s-1960s. The plates each depict a different selection of stringed instruments including guitars and lutes on a faux bois...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Ceramic, Pottery

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Astronomici Plate, #8
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate with number 8 in the Astronomici series. Astronomici means Astronomics. This is a rare pattern in black and white with gold highlights. Mark: A mo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Astrolabe Plate, Number Twelve in Astrolabio Series
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
The Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate depicts an astrolabe, it is number twelve of twelve in series. A ribbon above reads "Ad Habendum Horam Ineqvalem Et Qvatvor Angvlos Celi In Die"....
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Commedia Dell'arte Maschere Italiane Porcelain Plates
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti set of four Porcelain Commedia Dell'arte Maschere Italiane Porcelain lates, Italian Masks, circa 1970s Each plate depicts a character from the Commedia Dell'ar...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain "Armature" with Coats of Arms Set of Six Plates
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
The handsome set of six vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain plates is numbered one through six. The black and white lithographically-decorated and hand-painted porcelain plates are...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Green Faux Malachite Plate, circa 1950
By Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A rare and highly collectable faux malachite plate by Piero Fornasetti. Manufactured in the 1950s, this hand-colored decorative plate is one in a series of ‘faux malachite’ designs t...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Recipe Plate, Tortoise Risotto, Fleming Joffe
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain recipe plate, Tortoise Risotto, Made for Fleming Joffe, Silkscreen & Transfer, 1960s (NY8976E) This rare Piero Fornasetti plate is from a ser...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Recipe Plate, Ostrich Eggs and Green Peppers Omelette
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Recipe plate, ostrich eggs and green peppers omelette, made for Fleming Joffe, 1960s. This rare Piero Fornasetti plate is from a series made for the Fleming Joff...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Milano 'Fiori' Pattern Porcelain Plates, Set of Twelve, circa 1965
By Fornasetti
Located in Kinderhook, NY
An incredibly rare set of 12 large porcelain dinner plates in the 'Fiori' pattern designed by Piero Fornasetti and produced by Fornasetti - Milano, circa 1965. There are two plates o...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Mesi and Soli Pair of Plates 12 Suns 12 Months, 1955.
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti porcelain mesi and soli plates, 12 suns, 12 months, Pair of plates Mid-late 1950s. Piero Fornasetti "12 Mesi 12 Soli" series number five and six plates each numbere...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Barnaba Fornasetti Porcelain Calendar Plate, 2016, Number 172 of 700 Made
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Barnaba Fornasetti porcelain calendar plate, 2016. Number 172 of 700 made. With original box. According to the Fornasetti website, "The calendar plate is a distinctive Fornasett...
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2010s Italian Modern Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Piemontesi Plates Set of 12, Italy, 1950s
By Fornasetti
Located in Munich, DE
Complete set of 12 plates of the "Ricette Piemontesi" series by Piero Fornasetti with original box. Each piece combines the description of a typical receipt of the traditional cuisin...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Recipe Plate Piatti Tipici #1, Gnocchi Al Pomodoro, 1971
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Recipe Plate Piatti Tipici #1, For Pasta maker Audisio, Gnocchi al Pomodoro, 1971. This plate is from the first of a series of six plates made for the Audisio...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Calendar Porcelain Plate for 1974
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti calendar porcelain plate for 1974. Piatti Calendario plates. Fornasetti porcelain calendar plate with a sun ray background has a central square with boxes...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Calendar Plate for the Year 1972
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti porcelain calendar plate, year 1972. The Fornasetti calendar plate for 1972 depicts a golden cornucopia issuing the months of the year with gold symbols of lucky ...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Plate with Antique Coats of Armour, Armature Pattern
By Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
This rare Piero Fornasetti plate is number four in series. The black & white lithographically-decorated and hand-painted porcelain plates are highlighted in gold and are decorated...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fornasetti Dinner Plates

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Porcelain

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Vintage Piero Fornasetti Pisces Porcelain Zodiac Plate, Astrali Pattern, Pisces
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Fornasetti Dinner Plates for sale on 1stDibs.

Fornasetti dinner plates are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Fornasetti Dinner Plates, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original dinner plates by Fornasetti were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. Many customers also consider Dinner Plates by Piero Fornasetti, Richard Ginori, and Gio Ponti Dinner Plates if you are looking for additional options. Fornasetti dinner plates can vary in price depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $500 and tops out at $10,000, while pieces like these can sell for $933 on average.