Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) was an Italian painter, sculptor, designer, craftsman, engraver, and compulsive collector of printed ephemera. A precursor to pop-art and an exemplar of a post-modernism which would not be named for decades hence. Prolific and unafraid of the utilitarian he created tens-of-thousands of objects in his lifetime. Perhaps most recognized for his Themes and Variations series (which reworked a single image of opera singer Lina Cavalieri he found in a 19th century French magazine over 500 times) his works include porcelain and gold plates, chairs, jars, tables, bureaus, teapots, umbrellas, lamps, screens, clothes, etc. Evidently he once said of his work: “I believe in neither periods nor dates. I refuse to define the value of an object in terms of its era.” Fitting for a man whose objects, by remaining somehow stylistically relevant decade after decade, seem to defy era as well. 

I post all this, very simply, because the plate pictured above made me laugh. Reason enough, no? If you’d like to know more about Fornasetti Designboom did a very nice feature way back in 2001 and, of course, there is an official site, kept up by Fornasetti’s son (and heir to the aesthetic) Barnaba. 

10.09. filed under: art. death. people.

Reminds me of the old Jane Fonda western Cat Ballou. In it, Lee Marvin played a drunkard gunslinger who befriended her (a good guy) and his twin brother (a bad guy). Only difference, the bad brother had had his nose bitten off in a brawl and thus had a lead nose like the one in the picture.

posted on 10.10 at 06:25 PM.

Checked out EVERY link! This is awesome.

posted on 10.10 at 10:27 PMachilles3

His folding screens are BEAUTIFUL!

posted on 10.14 at 05:13 PM.

Any prize for this?

As seen in Metropolitan Home magazine. Oct. 2007, issue. “Decorating Now: Fresh • Open • Light • Easy”



posted on 10.18 at 12:06 AMJoe Moran

Tycho Cavalieri I presume?

posted on 10.18 at 11:12 AMpeacay

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