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Piero Fornasetti (10 November 1913 - 1988) was an Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver lived most of life in Milan, attending the Brera Art Academy from 1930-32 when he was expelled for insubordination. During World War II, he went into exile in Switzerland from 1943-46. He created more than 11,000 items, many featuring the face of a woman, operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri, as a motif. Fornasetti found her face in a 19th century magazine. “What inspired me to create more than 500 variations on the face of a woman?” asks Italian designer, Piero Fornasetti of himself. “I don’t know,” he admits, “I began to make them and I never stopped.” The “Tema e Variazioni” (theme and variation) plate series based on Cavalieri's face numbered more than 350.

Other common features in his work include heavy use of black and white, the sun and time. His style is reminiscent of Greek and Roman architecture, from which he was heavily influenced.
Today it is most common to see Fornasetti's style in fashion and room accessories such as scarfs, ties, lamps, furniture, china plates and tables.

His son, Barnaba Fornasetti, continues to design in his father's name.

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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Complete set 12 of Plates by Piero Fornasetti.
A Complete set 12 of Plates by Piero Fornasetti. “Astronomici” Porcelain, Lithographically Printed. Gold highlights. Marks to back. Italy ...
£5400
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Fornasetti Atelier Ocassional Table
A Fornasetti Atelier Ocassional Table. Decorated with figures in a theatrical setting. Made in methacrylate. Blue and cream. Italian. Circa 199...
£4500
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Large Piero Fornasetti Cigarette Box with Ship in a Bottle Design
Bottiglia (Bottle), The metal box has a red ground and is decorated with a ship in a bottle painting. There is a red felt base stamped in gold ...
£1000
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Piero Fornasetti Astronomici Plate, #4,1955.
A Piero Fornasetti Astronomici Plate, #4 in Series 1955. Astronomici means Astronomics. This is a rare pattern in black and white with gold ...
£620
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Piero Fornasetti Astronomici Plate, #5, 1955.
A Piero Fornasetti Astronomici Plate, #5 in Series, 1955. Astronomici means Astronomics. This is a rare pattern in black and white with gold...
£620
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Piero Fornasetti Astronomici Plate, #7, 1955.
A Piero Fornasetti Astronomici Plate, #7 1955. Astronomici means Astronomics. This is a rare pattern in black and white with gold highlights...
£620
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Piero Fornasetti Astronomici Plate, #8, 1955.
A Piero Fornasetti Astronomici Plate, #8 in series, 1955. Astronomici means Astronomics. This is a rare pattern in black and white with gold...
£620
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Piero Fornasetti Astronomici Plate, Eclisse Della Luna, # 6 in Series
Eclisse Della Luna, # 6 in Series. 1955. Astronomici means Astronomical. This is a rare pattern in black and white with gold highlights.
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Piero Fornasetti Astronomici Plate, Membri Dell'Huvomo Dominati Dalli Dodici S...
Astronomici means Astronomics. This is a rare pattern in black and white with gold highlights. The plate showing how the different astrological s...
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Piero Fornasetti Astronomici Porcelain Plate- Number 12 in Series
Astronomici means Astronomics. This is a rare pattern in black and white with gold highlights. Diameter: 10 inches Mark: A moon and sun wi...
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Piero Fornasetti Fleming Joffe Plate Iguana and Chicken Breasts
A Piero Fornasetti Recipe Plate, Made for Fleming Joffe, Silkscreen & Transfer, Art work created by Andy Warhol for the Fleming Joffe C...
US$850
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Piero Fornasetti Fleming Joffe Recipe Plate Beautiful Soup
A Piero Fornasetti Recipe Plate, Made for Fleming Joffe, Beautiful Soup, 1970's. The Fleming Joffe company was a small leather goods com...
US$850
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Piero Fornasetti Giri Di Verdure Plate, (Rounds of Vegetables) Scallions
The striking plate is decorated with a repeating design of fourteen spring onions forming a circle with their root touching in the center of the pl...
£500
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Piero Fornasetti Neiman Marcus Porcelain Plate
This 1967 commemorative plate features a stunning fashion illustration highlighting changes in women's styles since the founding of the department ...
£485
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Recipe Plate, Coquille Crocodile, Made for Fleming ...
Coquille Crocodile, Made for Fleming Joffe, Silkscreen & Transfer, 1970's The plate with an improbable recipe, possibly created by Ogden Nash...
£840
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Piero Fornasetti Strumenti Musicali Porcelain Plate
A large porcelain plate printed and hand-painted with various stringed musical instruments.
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Piero Fornasetti umbrella stand depicting a doberman dog.
An Umbrella Stand "Doberman" by Piero Fornasetti. Lithographically printed and hand coloured metal.
£4500
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Porcelain Jar and Cover by Piero Fornasetti.
A Porcelain Jar and Cover by Piero Fornasetti. "RICE" Depicting a central oval cartouche inscribed "rice" surrounded by various kitchen utensils....
£580
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Porcelain Piero Fornasetti Jar and Cover.
A Porcelain Piero Fornasetti Jar and Cover. "Bicchieri di Bohemia" Depicting glasses and cups and goblets. Of cylindrical form Printed mark to ...
£580
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Porcelain “Swabs” Jar and Cover by Piero Fornasetti.
A Porcelain “Swabs” Jar and Cover by Piero Fornasetti. Labelled against decorative Flora. Lithographically printed and hand coloured. Gilt h...
£580
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Porcelain “Tissues” Jar and Cover by Piero Fornasetti.
A Porcelain “Tissues” Jar and Cover by Piero Fornasetti. Labelled against decorative Flora. Lithographically printed and hand coloured Gilt ...
£580
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Rare and Early Trumeau by Piero Fornasetti, Collaborating with Gio Ponti.
A rare and early Trumeau by Piero Fornasetti, collaborating with Gio Ponti. "Architecturra" Lithographically printed and coloured. Lacquered woo...
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Rare Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Fish Appetizer Tray
The rare & beautiful serving tray consists of an image of a fish displayed on four separate dishes placed in their original gold-toned metal tray....
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Rosenthal Fornasetti Temi E Variazioni Motiv 13
The striking gold-rimmed black and white printed plate depicts a Sergeant Pepper-type military jacket with a left hand slipped between two buttons....
US$600
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A set of 10 'Palloni' porcelain plates by Piero Fornasetti
A wonderful set of 10 porcelain plates by Piero Fornasetti. "Palloni" The background lithographically printed and coloured with clouds and differ...
£7000
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A set of 5 Piero Fornasetti porcelain plates with sea animals
A set of 5 porcelain plates by Piero Fornasetti. The white grounds lithographically printed with sea anemone and urchins with shells. Marked to b...
£3000
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A set of six Coffee Cups and Saucers by Piero Fornasetti.
A set of six porcelain Coffee Cups and Saucers by Piero Fornasetti. Harlequin pattern – highlighted in gilt. Marks to base. Italy Circa 1950 ...
£1500
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Set of Six Mid Century Piero Fornasetti Arcimboldesca-Motif Vegetable Face Pla...
A Set of Six Piero Fornasetti Arcimboldesca-Motif Vegetable Face Plates, Circa 1960's-1970's. Diameter: 9 1/4 inches The plates are from a ...
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Set of Six Numbered Piero Fornasetti Horse & Jockey Grandi Campioni Italiani G...
Grandi Campioni Italiani Galoppo, #1-6 in series 1950-1965. The plates each in en grisaille with a gilt border each depict a different raceh...
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Set of Six Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Uccelli Calligrafici Bird Plates.
A Set of Six Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Uccelli Calligrafici Bird Plates, 1962. The plate depicts a stylized bird in black on white ground. ...
£1700
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Set of Six Piero Fornasetti Strumenti Musicali Plates
A Set of Six Piero Fornasetti Strumenti Musicali Plates, 1960's. The plates are numbered 1-6, and each depicts a different selection of stringe...
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Set of Twelve Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Plates Depicting Adam
Designed 1954. A set of twelve individual plates each depicting a part of the biblical Adam and which together depict his whole body. Diamete...
£7000
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A Tema e Variazione Porcelain plate by Piero Fornasetti.
A Tema e Variazione Porcelain plate by Piero Fornasetti. Lithographically printed. Italy, circa 1960. Printed marks to base, number 28 26cms di...
£450
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A very rare and early 'Panoplie' Trumeau by Piero Fornasetti.
A very rare and early "Panoplie" Trumeau by Piero Fornasetti. The inside with a musician playing a flute. The upper cupboard and fall front with ...
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A wonderful set of 9 Piero Fornasetti porcelain plates with hot air balloons.
A wonderful set of 9 porcelain plates by Piero Fornasetti. “Palloni” The backgrounds lithographically printed and coloured with clouds and Mo...
£6800
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
A “Piramide Umana” Table top by Piero Fornasetti.
A “Piramide Umana” Table top by Piero Fornasetti. Wood and lacquer lithographically printed and hand coloured. Label underside. The 1960’s...
£14000
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
An early Fornasetti Porcelain Cloves Jar with lid
An early Fornasetti Porcelain Cloves Jar with lid, of cylinder form. Lithographically printed and hand painted porcelain. Marks to base Italy, c...
£380
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
An early Fornasetti Porcelain Nutmeg Jar with lid
An early Fornasetti Porcelain Nutmeg Jar with lid, of cylinder form. Lithographically printed and hand painted porcelain. Marks to base Italy, c...
£380
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
An early Umbrella Stand by Piero Fornasetti.
An early Umbrella Stand by Piero Fornasetti. Depicting a Boxer. Metal, lithographically printed.
£5750
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
An early Umbrella Stand by Piero Fornasetti.
An early Umbrella Stand by Piero Fornasetti. Depicting a Collie. Metal, lithographically printed.
£5750
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
Chair by Piero Fornasetti
A chair by Piero Fornasetti. “Capitello Ionico” Lithographically printed. Wood, lacquer, wooden legs. Italy, circa 1980. Measures: 94 cm h...
£5200
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
Chair by Piero Fornasetti
A chair by Piero Fornasetti. “Sole” Lithographically printed. Wood and Lacquer, wooden legs, Italy, circa 1980. Measures: 94 cm high x 45...
£5200
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
Chair by Piero Fornasetti
A chair by Piero Fornasetti, “Sole”. Lithographically printed. Wood and lacquer, wooden legs. Italy, circa 1980. Measures: 94 cm high x 45...
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
Chair by Piero Fornasetti
A chair by Piero Fornasetti. “Capitello Ionico”. Lithographically printed. Wood, lacquer, wooden legs. Italy, circa 1980. 94 cm high x 41...
£5200
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PIERO FORNASETTI (1913-1988)
Complete Set of Twelve Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Plates, Decorated With Sea Ane...
Piero Fornasetti's whimsical and colourful Conchiglie pattern plates are numbered, one through twelve, and feature a different sea creature fillin...
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