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A Pair of  Rare Piero Foirnasetti  Passata de pesce (Passage of Fish) Plates, 1950's.


A Pair of Rare Piero Fornasetti  Fish Plates,

Passata de pesce (Passage of Fish),

Circa 1955.

The earthenware pottery plates depict two different schools of fish swimming together across the plate.  This pattern was reisssued over a period of time but these plates are from the earliest period

Each plate is numbered

1 x Pattern #1; 1 x  Pattern #3

Diameter: 9 1/4 inches x 1 1/4 inches


( Image from the Fornasetti retrospective in milan 2014-15 where a set of these plates were hung on the wall)

Mark: Each with a Societa Ceramica/Italiana stamped mark in green with eagle above and Laveno below; Most with numerals 10 55 and various other numerals in green and The Fornasetti mark of hand with brush as well as the name of the pattern Pesco/Fornasetti/Milano/Made in Italy overstamped over the Societa Ceramic mark. The fish form fornasetti on #3 is printed backwards!

Reference:  Fornasetti: Designer of Dreams, Patrick Mauriès, page 264,, #164, where the pattern is illustrated.