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Piero Fornasetti
Italy, 1955

Six porcelain hanging platters with various printed polychrome fish on blue and white base. Stamped “Piscibus Fornasetti”. 

Italian painter, sculptor and illustrator Piero Fornasetti (1913-88) – famous for his eclectic hand-painted decorations – was born in Milan and studied at Academia di Belle Arti di Brera.

Fornasetti crafted an inimitable decorative style from a personal vocabulary of images that included birds, butterflies, hot-air balloons and architecture, and employed 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.

This versatility was the starting point for Fornasetti’s design concept. His creative ideas seem to have emerged from a never-ending source and he is considered to be one of the most productive individuals in the history of design, with more than 13,000 artefacts bearing his signature.

Ø 25 cm

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