accessories, collection of eight
transfer-printed plastic, porcelain, enameled metal
12 w × 4 d × 1½ h in (30 × 10 × 4 cm)
Lot includes paperweight calendar, two ashtrays, four trays, an enameled metal box, and lidded cup; Nine pieces total. Molded or stamped signature to each example.
provenance: Estate of Kitty Baldwin Weese, Chicago
Piero Fornasetti 1913–1988
Piero Fornasetti was born in Milan in 1913 and he grew up with an insatiable desire to draw anything and everything. He won a seat at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, but was promptly expelled; his creative spirit did not match the harsh discipline of the academy. He forayed into the realm of fashion and began designing silk scarves with his soon-to-be signature motifs of roman ruins, suns, and flowers. In his furniture designs, Fornasetti worked in an incredible range of materials to create a dizzying array of decorative arts imbued with both wit and theatricality. Struck with the beauty of the famed Italian opera star Lina Cavalieri, Fornasetti created an entire series called “Themes and Variations” with more than 300 versions of Cavalieri’s face. With tongue in cheek irony, Fornasetti depicted Cavalieri in a variety of guises ranging from the humorous to the surreal. In 1959, Fornasetti won the Neiman Marcus award for his significant contributions to the field of fashion, joining the ranks of Yves Saint Laurent and Coco Chanel. Fornasetti died in 1988, leaving behind thousands of imaginative designs and forever changing the field of Italian decorative arts.
Auction Results Piero Fornasetti
Important Palladiana cabinet
Scaletta (The Little Staircase) folding screen
bedroom suite from the Villa at Varenna
Umbrellas umbrella stand
Battaglia Navale/Libri folding screen
City of Cards folding screen
Libreria folding screen
Viso mirrors, pair