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Vintage Piero Fornasetti Astrolabe Plate, Numbered #7 in Series 1960s-mid 1970s

$ 425
  • Description
    Vintage Piero Fornasetti astrolabe plate,
    Numbered #7 in Series
    1960s-mid 1970s.

    The Piero Fornasetti porcelain plate depicts an astrolabe in a gilt ground.

    Dimensions: 8 1/4 inches x 3/4 inch.

    Mark: ASTROLABIO within black banner, the number 7and a gilt map of an island and the usual hand with a paint brush and FORNAETTI. MILANO/ MADE IN ITALY below.

    ASTRLABE An astrolabe (Greek: astrolabon, "star-taker") is an elaborate inclinometer, historically used by astronomers, navigators, and astrologers. Its many uses include locating and predicting the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars, determining local time given local latitude and vice-versa, surveying, triangulation, and to cast horoscopes. It was used in classical antiquity, through the Islamic Golden Age, the European Middle Ages, and Renaissance for all these purposes. In the Islamic world, it was also used to calculate the Qibla and to find the times for Salah, prayers.

    See a similar Astroglobe plate in the Victoria & Albert Museum's Collection, Museum # C.63-1985.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: Italy
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Porcelain.
    Condition: Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
    Creation Date: 1965-1975
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Mid Century
    Incollect Reference #: 553765
  • Dimensions
    H. 0.75 in; Diam. 8.25 in;
    H. 1.91 cm; Diam. 20.96 cm;
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