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.

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Piero Fornasetti

Tray

estimate: $500–700
result: $1,690

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PIERO FORNASETTI, Malachite trumeau | wright20.com

Piero Fornasetti

Malachite trumeau

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $62,500
PIERO FORNASETTI, Important Palladiana cabinet | wright20.com

Piero Fornasetti

Important Palladiana cabinet

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $43,750
PIERO FORNASETTI, Scaletta (The Little Staircase) folding screen | wright20.com

Piero Fornasetti

Scaletta (The Little Staircase) folding screen

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $28,320
PIERO FORNASETTI, bedroom suite from the Villa at Varenna | wright20.com

Piero Fornasetti

bedroom suite from the Villa at Varenna

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $24,000
PIERO FORNASETTI, Umbrellas umbrella stand | wright20.com

Piero Fornasetti

Umbrellas umbrella stand

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $20,400
PIERO FORNASETTI, Battaglia Navale/Libri folding screen | wright20.com

Piero Fornasetti

Battaglia Navale/Libri folding screen

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $20,000
PIERO FORNASETTI, Leopardo cabinet | wright20.com

Piero Fornasetti

Leopardo cabinet

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $17,500
PIERO FORNASETTI, Architettura trumeau | wright20.com

Piero Fornasetti

Architettura trumeau

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $16,250