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Piero Fornasetti

Piero Fornasetti (Italy, 1913–88)
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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Piero Fornasetti Adamo / Adam Porcelain Plate # 6, Signed
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Adamo or Adam porcelain plate number 6. Signed.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve Porcelain Plate # 3, Signed
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve porcelain dinner plate number 3. Signed. Never used as a dinner plate.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Eva or Eve Porcelain Plate # 8, Signed, Unused
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva or Eve porcelain plate number 8. Signed. Appears to be unused.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve Porcelain Plate Number 4, Signed
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve porcelain plate # 3. Signed. Unused condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Love Black and White Porcelain Coasters or Small Plates Set /8
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This delightful and heart felt set of Classical Roman Piero Fornasetti porcelain love coasters are white porcelain with black sayings in her form.This is a complete and wonderful set...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve Porcelain Plate Number 2, Signed
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve porcelain plate #2. Signed. Unused condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve Porcelain Plate Number 12, Signed
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve porcelain plate # 3. Signed. Unused condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve Porcelain Plate #5, Signed, Unused
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Eva / Eve porcelain plate number 5. Signed.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Set of 8 Gilted Astrolabe Plates
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Paris, FR
Piero Fornasetti 1913-1988 lived and worked in Milano and he was very fond of science. This series normally is composed of 12 designs about astrolabe or "Astrolabos" in Greece which ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

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

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Wall Clock
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Vienna, AT
Piero Fornasetti wall clock created in 1990s. Glass clock face with printed woman face and digits with quartz clockwork. Measures: Ø 37 cm.
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Glass

Set of Piero Fornasetti Ceramic Storage Jars, Italy, 1960s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in CH
Beautiful and rare authentic set of storage jars with missing top of some, as shown on the photo. Additional photos on request.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Vida Poche Wealth Health and Happiness Bowl Barware
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This wonderful and rare Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti serigraphed porcelain vida poche bowl states Wealth, Health and Happiness around the perimeter. There is a big red heart a...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Gilded Porcelain LOVE Heart Coasters Barware Set of 6 Vintage
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
These delightful and romantic verbages are depicted within the heart shape of these hallmarked Piero Fornasetti gilded porcelain LOVE coasters and or small plates. Sold as a set of 6...
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1950s Italian Classical Roman Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Gold

Piero Fornasetti Adamo or Adam Porcelain Plate # 7, Signed, Excellent Condition
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Adamo or Adam porcelain plate number 7. Signed. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Adamo or Adam Porcelain Plate # 4, Signed, Excellent Condition
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Adamo or Adam porcelain plate number 4. Signed. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Adamo / Adam Porcelain Plate Number 12, Signed, Excellent
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Kansas City, MO
Piero Fornasetti Adamo / Adam porcelain plate # 12. Signed. Excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

20th Century Piero Fornasetti Umbrella Stand Theme Umbrellas in Metal and Brass
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Turin, IT
Umbrella stand by Piero Fornasetti themed umbrellas in silkscreened sheet metal and brass from the 1950s. Good condition, patina of time, original in all its parts. Presence of bran...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Brass, Sheet Metal

Piero Fornasetti Wastepaper Basket
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Meyrin, CH
Piero Fornasetti wastepaper basket.
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1960s Italian Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Metal, Brass

Fornasetti Pocket Watches Design Box
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
A Piero Fornasetti box decorated with pocket watches metal, lithographically printed and hand colored. Mahogany interior, Italy, circa 1960.
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1960s Italian Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Metal, Steel

Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal Porcelain Coffee or Tea Mugs Vintage
By Piero Fornasetti, Rosenthal
Located in North Miami, FL
This set of 4 Piero Fornasetti serigraphed transfer porcelain coffee or tea mugs for Rosenthal Classic Germany are from the 1980s. They are from the Julia Collection of Lina Cavalier...
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1980s German Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

'Trellis' Cabinet on Stand, by Piero Fornasetti, 1950s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
Sophisticated and elegant cabinet on stand, the gilt 'caning' pattern on ivory satin-finished lacquer ground, The cabinet opens to wood interior with on brass legs With “Certificate...
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1950s Italian Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Lacquer

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain and Gilded Appetizer Bowls Midcentury S/6 Barware
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
These fabulous small Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti appetizer small serving bowls are porcelain with gilded gold edges, bottom and insides. They are the complete set of 6 and ar...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Gold

Piero Fornasetti Wastepaper Basket
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
Atelier Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) wastepaper basket with lithographed decoration of 18th century ladies and gentleman and signed to the underside.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Brass

Italian Vintage Design “Musicale” Chair by Pierro Fornasetti, 1950s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Renens, CH
A Musicale chair by Piero Fornasetti, produced by Atelier Fornasetti during the early 1990s. The Fornasetti company is specialized in handmade furniture and homewares, which it ha...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Metal

Piero Fornasetti Magazine Rack
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Fingest, Oxfordshire
Piero Fornasetti magazine rack with wooden frame and Hand colored silk-screened decoration. Fornasetti label to the base. Atelier Fornasetti, Italy, circa 1950.    
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Brass, Steel

Piero Fornasetti Vintage Ceramic Canister Storage Jars, Italy Flour, Tea, 1960s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Piero Fornasetti vintage ceramic storage jars, Italy, 1960s. Flour, coffee, tea There is a sugar one as well from the same collection but the top is missing. Pictures upon request....
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Mid-Century Modern Box, circa 1960
By Fornasetti, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Aci Castello, IT
A mahogany and metal designed by Piero Fornasetti and manufactured in Milano by Atelier Fornasetti. This box is handcrafted using original artisan techniques, metal it's covered with...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Metal

Vintage 1950s Piero Fornasetti Library Room Scene Four Panel Folding Screen
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in San Antonio, TX
Designed by artist Piero Fornasetti, this four panel folding screen is in overall good condition. Panels depict library filled with books and other objects on shelves and on the reve...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Wood

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

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Gold

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Sezoni Di Frutta Midcentury Small Plates or Coasters
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This very rare and perhaps never used complete set of 8 Italian Piero Fornasetti porcelain small plates or coasters are signed and titled Sezoni Di Frutta. They are Mid-Century Moder...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Complete Set of Twelve Eva / Eve Ceramic Plates by Piero Fornasetti, circa 1980
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A complete set of twelve vintage ‘Eva’ ceramic plates by Piero Fornasetti, circa 1980. This beautiful design depicts a black and white Eve on a gold background, produced in limited n...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Ceramic

Vintage Piero Fornasetti Plate, Mongolfiere 'hot air' Design
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Downingtown, PA
Vintage Piero Fornasetti Plate, Mongolfiere (hot air) Design, 1804/ Dec. 16 fire-balloon for/Napoleon's Incoronation, soared above/ Rome and Finish up in the Lake of Bracciano. 19...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Pottery

Set of 12 Plates, Piero Fornasetti, Adamo / Adam
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Stockholm, SE
12 plates of model Adamo (Adam) designed by Piero Fornasetti in the 1950s. Piero Fornasetti created one set of Adam and one set of Eva containing 12 plates each. These plates are 26 ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Set of 8 Gold, White & Black Fornasetti "Musicalia" Cocktail Porcelain Coasters
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Houston, TX
Offered is a signed set of eight Mid-Century Modern Italian Fornasetti, "Musicalia," gold gilt, black and white porcelain cocktail coasters with a musical instruments theme that were...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Black and White Porcelain Heart Love Coasters Set / 6 Barware
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in North Miami, FL
This lovely set of eight Piero Fornasetti porcelain LOVE coasters are in black and white. They are all numbered on the back and say Fornasetti Milano, made in Italy. They are from th...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal Mesi and Soli Porcelain Plates Pair of Vintage
By Rosenthal, Piero Fornasetti
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

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Porcelain, Paint

Piero Fornasetti Magazine Stand
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Magazine stand designed and manufactured by Piero Fornasetti in the 1950s. Lithographic transfer print depicting a basket of colorful flowers. Has brass legs and a center handle. Ori...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Brass

Piero Fornasetti "Cat" Waste Basket, Italy, 1960s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Playful red waste basket by Piero Fornasetti masked by the cut out of a cat. Lithographic transfer print and brass hardware. Marked with original label. Condition: Excellent vint...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Metal

Piero Fornasetti Table Lamp
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
1950s cylindrical table lamp by Piero Fornasetti illustrating books of renowned authors. Lithographic transfer print and brass hardware. Marked with original label. Made for European...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Brass

Set of Six Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal "JULIA" Plates
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
A large set of six displaying porcelain plates with surrealism designs by Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal, an iconic series from 'Temi e variazioni' (“Themes and Variations”). Each wi...
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

20th Century Piero Fornasetti Low Table with top theme Flags of 1960s
By Piero Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Located in Turin, IT
Low table with folding structure and removable tray with theme flags, designed by Piero Fornasetti in the 1960s. Structure in lacquered metal and tray in screen printed metal. There ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Metal, Metal

Piero Fornasetti Gravure Italian Mid-Century Modern Magazine Rack Brass Stand
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Piero Fornasetti Gravure Italian Mid-Century Modern brass base magazine rack stand. Item features solid brass tripod base, iron rod, lithograph transfer enameled metal, decorated mag...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Brass, Steel, Iron

Piero Fornasetti for Ronsethal Plate
By Piero Fornasetti, Rosenthal
Located in New York, NY
Playful and colorful porcelain plate designed by Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal in the 1950s. This particular piece represents the month of September in the “12 Mesi 12 Soli” series....
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Early Themes and Variations Ceramic Plate #64, Piero Fornasetti Italy circa 1960
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in London, GB
A beautiful black and white ceramic plate by Piero Fornasetti featuring Lina Calvalieri as a broken fragment. Number '64' in the Themes and Variations series, this plate is a rare, e...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Ceramic

Piero Fornasetti Series 8 Coasters Commissioned by Banca Unione Milan
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Prato, Tuscany
Complete set of eight porcelain coasters produced in 1970 by Piero Fornasetti; they were expressly commissioned by the Banca Unione of Milan; the graphics with the decoration "Le Mon...
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Set of Eight 'Maschere Italiane' Coasters, 1950s Piero Fornasetti
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) A set of eight 'MASCHERE ITALIANE' coasters, 1950s lithographically-decorated and hand painted porcelain, with original box Measures: Each 3? in. diam...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

Piero Fornasetti Side Table, 1960s
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Dallas, TX
Side table with brass base designed by Piero Fornasetti, 1960s.
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1960s Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Brass

Patial Set of 9 Pieces Fornasetti for Rosenthal Palladiana Pattern Plates
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal, Germany, circa 1970. Excellent condition. These rare Palladiana pattern which are fabulous examples of Piero Fornasetti’s superb designs. Meticulously...
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Porcelain

1950s Enameled Original Box by Piero Fornasetti 'q'
By Aldo Tura, Piero Fornasetti, Fornasetti
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Wonderful and extraordinary vintage Fornasetti box. It has a enameled metal cover with Fornasetti's iconic graphics, showing three hot air balloons in vivid colors. The inner compart...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Metal

1950s Enameled Original Box by Piero Fornasetti 'r'
By Fornasetti, Aldo Tura, Piero Fornasetti
Located in Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
Wonderful and extraordinary vintage Fornasetti box. It has an enameled metal cover with Fornasetti's iconic graphics, showing people silhouette in black and beige. The inner compartm...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Piero Fornasetti

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Metal

Set of Two Plates "Grandi Maestri" by P. Fornasetti, 1967
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Roma, IT
Set of two plates "Grandi Maestri" is an original decorative object realized by the Italian artist and designer Piero Fornasetti (Milan, 1909-1988) in 1967. Made by Fornasetti, Mi...
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1960s Italian Vintage Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Set of 12 Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal "JULIA" Plates
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
A large set of 12 displaying porcelain plates with surrealism designs by Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal, an iconic series from 'Temi e variazioni' (“Themes and Variations”). Each wit...
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Set of 6 Piero Fornasetti for Rosenthal Porcelain Coffee Mugs in Julia Pattern
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
This set of 6 Piero Fornasetti serigraphed transfer porcelain coffee or tea mugs for Rosenthal Classic Germany are from the 1980s. They come in their original boxes. They are from th...
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20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

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

Materials

Metal

Group of Fornasetti Milano Espresso Cup & Saucer Plus 2 Fornasetti under Plates
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Group of Fornasetti Milano espresso cup & saucer plus 2 Fornasetti under plates. cup and saucer set made in Italy by Fornasetti - Milano in the Monete pattern. The set is in good con...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Ceramic

Set 8 of Piero Fornasetti Wine and Liquor Ceramic Coasters, Vini E Liquori
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in New York, NY
Set of Piero Fornasetti wine and liquor ceramic coasters, Vini E Liquori, 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

Materials

Porcelain

Box Piero Fornasetti
By Piero Fornasetti
Located in Krefeld, DE
Box. Piero Fornasetti. Marked with a sticker: Fornasetti made in Italy.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Piero Fornasetti

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Metal