Piero Fornasetti 1913-1988.
The Italian artist and illustrator Piero Fornasetti was one of the wittiest and most imaginative design talents of the 20th century. He crafted an inimitable decorative style from a personal vocabulary of images that included birds, butterflies, hot-air balloons, architecture and — most frequently, and in some 500 variations — an enigmatic woman’s face based on that of the 19th-century opera singer Lina Cavalieri. Fornasetti used transfer prints of these images, rendered in the style of engravings, to decorate an endless variety of furnishings and housewares that ranged from chairs, tables and desks to dishes, lamps and umbrella stands. His work is archly clever, often surreal and always fun.
A rare Soap Jar with bright floral design, complete with original lid, designed and produced by Italian firm Fornasetti.
The jars represented a leading production item during the 1960s, inspired by old pharmacy jars, and were produced in six sizes from 30cm high for the largest jar to 11 cm high for the smallest.
Genuine makers mark on the base.
Measures 17 cm high x 12 cm diameter.
Condition: Excellent, no damages to the ceramic, checked with UV light, no crazing to the glaze, some staining to inside lid.
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