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Piero Fornasetti Furniture

Piero Fornasetti (Italy, 1913–88)

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 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.

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Rosenthal Fornasetti Set of Six Plates, Themes and Variations
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Fornasetti Rosenthal set of six plates- Temi e Variazioni-Themes and Variation, Motiv # 11, 13, 14, 15, 16 32, circa 1980s (NY0922/) Wonderful rare examples of the plates made ...
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1980s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Eva, Composition of Plates by Piero Fornasetti, 1970s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Roma, IT
Fornassetti's plates - Eva is a superb decorative object designed by Piero Fornassetti and manufactured by the Italian company Fornassetti circa 1970s. Twelve wall plates made of ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Plates, Piero Fornasetti, Italy 1970s Italian Prodution
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Six plates from the serie "Iconography of Viscount coats of arms". Piero Fornasetti for Alfa Romeo.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Tema Porcelain Bowl Vintage
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This amazing vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain bowl is of the Tema Variation series and of the muse of Fornasetti's whom was the opera singer; Lina Cavalieri. Fornasetti was the Fel...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Complete Zodiac Signs from 1963-1974 Porcelain, Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Rare and exclusive Piero Fornasetti Zodiac Signs from 1963-1974 porcelain, Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Plate Pisces Zodiac Sign Porcelain, 1965, Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti plate Pisces zodiac sign porcelain, 1965, Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Plate Aquarius Zodiac Sign Porcelain 1964, Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Piero Fornasetti plate Aquarius zodiac sign porcelain 1964, Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti “Le Cupole d’Italia” Porcelain 1960 Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti “Le Cupole d’Italia“ porcelain 1960 Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Pair of Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal Mesi and Soli Porcelain Pates
By Piero Fornasetti, Rosenthal
Located in North Miami, FL
These delightful and whimsical Piero Fornasetti set of 2 porcelain hand painted plates are from a series called Mesi and Soli. They were executed by Rosenthal Germany between the 196...
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1960s German Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain, Paint

Piero Fornasetti Plate Gemini Zodiac Sign 1968 Porcelain, Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Piero Fornasetti plate Gemini zodiac sign 1968 porcelain, Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Plate Scorpio Zodiac Sign Porcelain, 1973, Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Piero Fornasetti plate Scorpio zodiac sign porcelain, 1973, Italy.
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1970s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Plate Sagitarius Zodiac Sign Porcelain 1973 Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Piero Fornasetti plate Sagitarius zodiac sign porcelain 1973 Italy.
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1970s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Plate Capricorn Zodiac Sign Porcelain, 1963, Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti plate Capricorn zodiac sign porcelain, 1963, Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Plate Leo Zodiac Sign Porcelain, 1970
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Piero Fornasetti plate Leo Zodiac sign porcelain, 1970.
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Late 20th Century European Other Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Plate Libra Zodiac Sign Porcelain 1972, Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Piero Fornasetti plate Libra Zodiac sign porcelain 1972, Italy.
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1970s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Plate Zodiac Sign Cancer Porcelain 1969, Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Piero Fornasetti plate zodiac sign Cancer porcelain 1969, Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Plate Aries Zodiac Sign Porcelain 1966, Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Piero Fornasetti plate Aries zodiac sign porcelain 1966, Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Plate Zodiac Bull 1967 Porcelain, Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti plate zodiac bull 1967 porcelain, Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Ashtray Zodiac Ceramic, 1950
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti ashtray Zodiac ceramic, 1950.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Ceramic

Fornasetti Plate Gemini Zodiac Porcelain, 1973, Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti plate Gemini zodiac porcelain, 1973, Italy.
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1970s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Plate Virgo Zodiac Sign Porcelain 1971 Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti Plate Virgo Zodiac sign porcelain 1971 Italy.
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1970s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Milano Plate Porcelain 1960 Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti Milano plate porcelain 1960 Italy.
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1960s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Round Coffee Table Costellazioni by Piero Fornasetti with Gold Decorations, 1960
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Rare Costellazioni low table, rare if no unique, designed and manufactured by Piero Fornasetti in Milano in circa 1960. The table feature a black lacquered pedestal base with a bras...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Brass, Metal, Aluminum

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Coasters "Adam" Set of 8 Barware Mid-Century Modern
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
These interactive set of eight Piero Fornasetti porcelain Mid-Century Modern coasters and or small plates are of the allegorical and biblical "Adam". They are like a puzzle for you t...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Pottery Plate, Sezioni Di Frutta, #6, 1960s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Pottery Plate, Sezioni Di Frutta, #6 1960s. (NY9248/amr) The Piero Fornasetti Pottery Plate depicts a cut red pepper from the Sezioni Di Frutta series. Mark:...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Pottery

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Ceramiche Panel/Plaque
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A lithographic transfer-printed masonite panel. Originally designed for the Hilton Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey Fornasetti: the complete universe page 456.   
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1950s Italian Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Masonite

Piero Fornasetti Trompe L'oeil Umbrella Stand with Musical Theme
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milford, NH
A fine Fornasetti umbrella stand with a lithographic transfer musical theme print with hand coloring over enameled metal. Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) was an Italian designer known f...
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Late 20th Century Italian Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Metal

Set of 8 Golden & White Ceramic Small Coaster, Fornasetti Melodramma Series
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Varese, Lombardia
This Fornasetti Melodramma (Opera) set includes the eight 4 inch (10.5 cm) opera coasters, Madame Butterfly & Pinkerton, Othello & Desdemona, Carmen & Jose ', Mimi & Rodolpho (La Boh...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Gold Plate

Pair of Piero Fornesetti "Equestrian" Ashtrays
By Bergdorf Goodman, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of ashtrays with cigarette slots by Piero Fornasetti, (circa 1950s, Italy). These examples retailed at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, as indicated on the reverse. Composed o...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Fornasetti Paper Weights Ceramic 1950 Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti paper weights ceramic 1950 Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Gold Wall Plate Zodiac Sign Libra, 1970
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Piero Fornasetti porcelain gold wall plate zodiac sign Libra, 1970.
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Late 20th Century Italian Other Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Ceramic

Siamese Cat Vintage Ceramic Sculpture by Piero Fornasetti 1960s Italy
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Rome, IT
Siamese cat with blu eyes sculpture in ceramic by the Italian Pietro Fornasetti. Made in Italy, circa 1960. The original stamp is still on the bottom (shown in pictures).  
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Ceramic, Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Gilded Coasters Titled "Le Oceandi", Set of 6 Barware
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
These amazing and rare vintage hallmarked Italian Piero Fornasetti coasters called "Le Oceandi" depict women in different formations within shells as their garment. They are from the...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Gold

Vintage Set of Seven Ceramic Storage Jars by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, circa 1960
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A rare set of beautifully colored decorative ceramic storage jars by Piero Fornasetti, circa 1960. Depicting seven different designs... tea, coffee, rice, paprika, cloves, cinnamon a...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Ceramic

Complete Set of Eight 'Soli e Lune' Drinks Coasters by Fornasetti, Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A complete set of 1960s ceramic drinks coasters designed by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, circa 1960. This design, titled 'Soli e Lune' or Sun and Moon is one of Piero's most popular and ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Ceramic

Red Lips, Vintage Fornasetti x Bardelli Fornasettiana Collection Ceramic Tile
By Ceramica Bardelli, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Red lips, Vintage Fornasetti x Bardelli Heritage collection ceramic tile. Fornasettiana / Heritage collection. No longer in production. Made in Italy. 2 available. Listing is for one...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Gilded Porcelain Chariot Coasters or Nut Dishes Vintage Barware
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
These charming set of 8 Piero Fornasetti vintage gilded porcelain chariot coasters are from the 1960s. They are the complete set of 8. They are hallmarked on the back Fornasetii Mila...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Gold

Traytable by Piero Fornasetti, 1950
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Berlin, DE
Extravagant tray table with a foldable structure made of enameled metal. Beautiful golden textile ribbons hold the printed tray. Tray in black and eggshell. Designed by Piero Fornase...
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Metal

Vintage 'Barbone' Dog Umbrella Stand by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, circa 1960
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A wonderful Piero Fornasetti tromp l'oeil umbrella stand depicting a Poodle, or as it was originally titled, Barbone. First designed by Mr Fornasetti in the 1950s, this umbrella stan...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Metal

Circular 'Bordo Strumenti Musicali' Tray with Stand, Piero Fornasetti circa 1960
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A large decorative circular tray by Piero Fornasetti complete with a black-painted faux bamboo stand, circa 1960. This wonderful tray from the Millanese atelier is titled 'Bordo Stru...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Metal

Vintage Moro Head Vase by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, 1960s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Roma, IT
Magnificent enameled gold ceramic vase by Piero Fornasetti (Milan 1913-1988), considered among the most original and creative talents of the 21st century. A rare piece depicting the...
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1960s Italian Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Ceramic

Pair of 'Maschere' (Masks) Bookends by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, circa 1950
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A rare and beautiful pair of 1950s 'Maschere' (Masks) bookends designed by the incomparable Piero Fornasetti. The bookends each depict a Greek theatrical mask, (tragedy), and are exe...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Metal

Piero Fornassetti Hand Painted Ceramic Zodiac Plates, Astral Aquarius, 1966
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Paris, France
This rare and the most sought after collectibles vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain lithographically-decorated and hand painted ceramic set zodiac plates have a white background with...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Gold

Piero Fornassetti Hand Painted Ceramic Zodiac Plates, Astral Leo, 1965
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Paris, France
This rare and the most sought after collectibles vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain lithographically-decorated and hand painted ceramic zodiac plate have a white background with word...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Piero Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Gold

Piero Fornassetti Hand Painted Ceramic Zodiac Plates, Taurus, 1968
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Paris, France
This rare and the most sought after collectibles vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain lithographically-decorated and hand painted ceramic zodiac plate have a white background with word...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Gold

Piero Fornassetti Hand Painted Ceramic Zodiac Plates, Astral Pisces Fish, 1971
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Paris, France
This rare and the most sought after collectibles vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain lithographically-decorated and hand painted ceramic zodiac plate have a white background with word...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Piero Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Gold

Piero Fornasetti 'Capitello Ionico' Chair in Black and White, Italy, circa 2006
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A wonderful 'Capitello Ionico' or 'Ionic Capital' wooden chair designed by the great Piero Fornasetti. Originally designed in the 1980, this particular chair was the 8th produced fro...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Wood, Lacquer

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain and Gilded Coasters "Mitologia" S/8 Barware Vintage
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This Classic complete set of 8 Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti porcelain and gilded coasters are in their original cardboard faux bois painted box with a gilded flower. They are ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Gold

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Gilt Pair of Seashell Plates, Conchyliorum Pattern
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti porcelain gilt pair of seashell plates, Conchyliorum pattern, Set of six plates, circa 1950s. The pair of very rare plates with a gilt ground are each beautifu...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Diner Plates Decorated with Sea Anemones, Urchins & Sea Shells
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti porcelain rare dinner plates decorated with sea anemones, urchins and sea hells, Conchiglie Pattern, circa 1960s-early 1970s. Fornasetti's whimsical and colour...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Umbrella Stand by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, 1950s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Metal umbrella stand in trompe l’oeil lithography depicting a Collie. Original condition.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Metal

Piero Fornasetti ‘Soriano’ Cat Umbrella Stand, Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A fabulous light-colored version of the tromp l’oeil Tabby cat umbrella stand designed by Piero Fornasetti. Originally designed in the 1950s, this piece is from a more recent, very l...
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Metal

Piero Fornasetti, Rare Umbrella Stand, Mid-1900s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Stockholm, SE
Umbrella stand with motif of a dog boxer, designed by Piero Fornasetti, Italy, mid-1900s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Metal

Piero Fornasetti Sezioni di Frutta Porcelain Plates of an Eggplant & an Apple
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Piero Fornasetti Sezioni di Frutta Porcelain plates of an eggplant and an apple, #6 & #7, 1960s (Ref: NY9260/IKR) The Piero Fornasetti Pottery Plate depicts 2 plates from the S...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Pottery

Piero Fornasetti Chair
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful and unique Piero Fornasetti musical chair, Italy, 1960s. Lacquered and hand painted wood, hand-stamped and original paper label to underside.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Lacquer

Fornasetti Ashtray Porcelain 1950 Italy
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Milano, IT
Fornasetti ashtray porcelain 1950 Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Piero Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Gilded Porcelain Coaster Set, French Cuisine from 1950
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Paris, France
Original Piero Fornasetti coaster set, Pranzo Alle Otto, 1950s, French Cuisine. This set of seven lithographically-decorated and gilt porcelain coasters featuring various French cul...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Piero Fornasetti Furniture

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Porcelain

Piero Fornassetti Hand Painted Ceramic Zodiac Plates, Astral Pattern, 1971-1965
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Paris, France
This rare and the most sought after collectibles vintage Piero Fornasetti porcelain lithographically-decorated and hand painted ceramic set zodiac plates have a white background with...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Piero Fornasetti Furniture

Materials

Gold

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