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A Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Plate made for Fleming Joffe, Ostrich Eggs and Green Peppers Omelette1960's-1970's.


A Piero Fornasetti Recipe Plate,

Ostrich Eggs and Green Peppers Omelette,

Made for Fleming Joffe,

Silkscreen & Transfer,


Diameter: 10 1/4


Art work created by Andy Warhol for the Fleming Joffe Company

The Fleming Joffe company was a small leather goods company in New York.  Fornasetti was not the only famous artist this company worked with.  Andy Warhol produced ads and copy for them as well as decorating their show booths and showroom.  They also commissioned Ogden Nash to pair his bouncy text with Warhol's drawings.


Reference: Fornasetti: The Complete Universe, edited by Barnaba Fornasetti, page 614, #163 for a colour illustration of one of a set of twelve promotional plates made for the Fleming & Joffe company in the early 1970's. Fornasetti writes, Each of the twelve (sic.  There are in fact 14 plates) subjects in this series presents a decidedly improbable recipe.

Piero Fornasetti

(from Fornasetti's Secret, an introduction to the book Fornasetti: Conversation with Philippe Stark, See below)

A singular designer, craftsman, poet and marvelous draftsman. Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988) stands apart in the world of Italian design as one of the most prolific decorative artists of the twentieth century.  Mixing both art & craft, his rich work is the fruit of an unbounded imagination and a real virtuosity at telling stories through furniture, objects and decoration.

The diversity of his surreal motifs, many of them tromp l'oeils, are living proof of a very special and fantastic talent, founded in the key virtues of precision, humor and elegance.  fornasetti's inventive magic allowed him to blend imagery extravagance with peerless craftsmanship, to mix techniques and materials with supreme liberty, and thus produce a unique body of work.