Fornasetti‘s work, fusing Surrealism and Neo Classicism, is enjoying
a major revival, and his black, white and gold plates depicting portraits of
the enigmatic, saucer eyed, alabaster skinned 19th century beauty Lina
Cavalieri, are a captivating example of his work. Perfect as a gift for
connoisseurs of design or dinner party hosts who enjoy making a splash.
Roughly translating as Variations on a Theme, each piece of
china is decorated with an image of a beautiful 19th century woman, Lina
Cavalieri that he had once seen in a magazine. So haunted was Fornasetti by her
image that he created over five hundred variations on her face. Some are more
straightforward depictions, others individual features and some are very much
in the Surrealist mould.
Piero Fornasetti was given a scholarship in 1930 to study
painting at the Milan Accademia di Belle Arti but was expelled in 1932. After
that, Piero Fornasetti continued to paint in Milan
and also dabbled in sculpture, crafts, and interior decoration. Piero
Fornasetti was influenced by both Surrealism and pittura metafisica but
developed a highly distinctive, eclectic style informed by his enthusiasm for
the great art of Italy’s
past. In crafts design, Piero Fornasetti did not confine himself to the
Novecento motifs that were inspired by Neo Classicism; instead he added Early Renaissance
ornament and representational motifs to the repertoire with which he
embellished textiles, furniture, porcelain plates, vessels, and similar
objects. The work Piero Fornasetti showed at the 1933 Milan Triennale included
painted silk scarves, which attracted the notice of designer Gio Ponti.
In subsequent years, Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti
collaborated on numerous projects. In 1950 Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti
designed the interior of the Casino in San Remo.
In 1952 Ponti and Fornasetti created the memorable interiors of the great
transatlantic liner “Andrea Doria”. For the “Architettura”
line in furniture designed by Gio Ponti, Piero Fornasetti created architectural
motifs as decoration. In 1951 Piero Fornasetti and Gio Ponti showed this furniture
at the Milan Triennale. Piero Fornasetti also
designed furniture himself, decorating it with trompe-l’oeil paintings of
musical instruments or large suns. The woman’s face he used to decorate the
“Tema e Variazioni” series became Piero Fornasetti’s signature
ornament. In 1970 Piero Fornasetti opened a shop in Milan,
where aficionados of his playful, imaginative designs can still acquire them.
This collection only has 36 motifs, are 9 inches in diameter
w/ a 24kt gold thin border and was a license in which the designs were produced
by Rosenthal in Germany.
This past year we had thousands of emails to purchase the Rosenthal Fornasetti
Julia series which is no longer in production. eTableTop is now offering the
very last of the US
inventory we purchased as an exclusive offer to our customers. These items will
be sold in a first come, first serve basis. Please purchase on online http://www.etabletop.com