FORNASETTI SET OF 8 "CAVALIERI" SMALL PLATES
One of the great pleasures of collecting vintage Fornasetti is finding unseen motifs from his vast body of work. With “Cavalieri” we have a perfect example of an unfamiliar but evocative Fornasetti design. All eight historical figures on horseback are rendered in the same style, first suggesting historical unity or that they are copied images pulled from a single source. Closer inspection reveals that the characters have little in common and are from different countries and eras. Fornasetti loves such tricks and the plates are further examples of his talent as an illustrator.
Complete sets of 8 small plates (with gold packaging) are rare and date from the early 1960’s. Only very early sets include the quilted paper protective pads with the embossed Fornasetti studio logo.
A great gift for someone who adores Italian 20th century design. Fornasetti’s small plates fabulously embellish table tops when entertaining.
Porcelain. Very good condition.
Italy, circa 1960
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