Fornasettis Designed Plates

By: Sanjeevkumar

One of Adrian's favourite designers is Piero , theItalian designer famous for his mysterious and quirky pieces. Fornasetti livedand worked in Milan all his life and was one of the most prolific decorativeartists of the 20th century. He was a painter, sculptor, decorator andengraver. His style was one based on illusion, architectural perspectives, anda number of themes such as the sun, playing cards, fish and flowers, from whichhe made seemingly endless variations.

Born in Milan in 1913, Fornasetti grew up under theinfluence of functionalist restraint but, by looking at his work, it's obviousit didn't restrain him. His fruitful imagination created a dream-like magicalworld, and he applied his decorative vocabulary to an astonishing array ofobjects - ashtrays, chairs, plates, cabinets and dining tables were alltransformed by the application of unexpected images.

rebelled against the concept of numbering, dating and signing his work. He wasso sure that his style was unmistakable that he was indifferent to thesesignificant marks that collectors use as proof of date and identity. After hisdeath, his son Barnaba began to distinguish the re-editions from the originalclassics with the Fornasetti stamp.

The plates are black and white, though we have seen a blackon gilt version of the companion "Adam" set. On the back of eachplate it says "Fornasetti-milano Made in Italy" [in English] andshows a picture of a hand holding a brush; in the center there is a fig leaf, anda number from 1 to 12; at the top an arrow pierces a sign that says "AltoHaut Top"; and underneath the glaze the center is marked with the brand ofa German porcelain manufacturer in an oval, under which "4 Germany 4"is printed.? In addition to the specificanswers of provenance and price, we'd like the information and sources used todetermine them. Please purchase on online

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