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$ 750

Rosenthal Piero Fornasetti Themes & Variation Plate Motiv 30- flowers

Documentation Certificate of Authenticity
Documentation Notes Earle D. Vandekar
Origin Germany
Period 1980-1999
Materials porcelain
Diam. 9.25 in;
Diam. 23.5 cm;
Condition Good. Excellent
Creation Date 1980s
Description Rosenthal Piero Fornasetti Themes & Variation Porcelain Plate Motiv 30-Flowers,
(Ref: NY9330-nur)

The striking Rosenthal Fornasetti gold-rimmed black and white printed plate with the face of Lina Cavalieri depicted with a garland of flowers around her head and neck.

Dimension: 9 1/4 inches x 1 1/4 inches

During the 1980's Rosenthal helped revive Fornasetti's reputation by applying some of his most enduring illustrations on their products.


The image that inspired Fornasetti to coin the title 'Tema e Variazioni', is the enigmatic face of a woman: the opera singer Lina Cavalieri.

He found that now iconic face as he leafed through a 19th-century French magazine and became fascinated. Taking her as much as a muse and as a motif, he would return to Lina Cavalieri's face again and again throughout his career. The archetypal classic female features and enigmatic expression of Lina Cavalieri became Fornasetti's most frequently used template and upon which he based more than 350 variations.

Lina Cavalieri's face, explained Piero Fornasetti, was another archetype - a quintessentially beautiful and classic image, like a Greek statue, enigmatic like the 'Gioconda' and therefore able to take shape into the idea that was slowly building in his mind. It was this formal, graphic appeal (rather than Lina Cavalieri's celebrity) that demanded such loyalty and inspired the spontaneous and ceaseless creativity of Fornasetti. For him, this face became the ultimate enduring motif. With great modesty, all these works were reproduced on a series of everyday objects like the plate. Tema e Variazioni shows its variations playing with one idea.
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Modern
Patterns Modern
Dealer Reference Number NY9330-nur
Incollect Reference Number 403566
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