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Rosenthal Fornasetti Porcelain Plate, Motiv 24, 1980s.

Rosenthal Fornasetti Porcelain Plate,

Motiv 24,


Wonderful rare example of the small range of plates made by Rosenthal in the 1980s from Piero Fornasetti designs.

Dimensions: diameter: 9 inches x 1 inch high.

Piero Fornasetti's most famous work is, without a doubt, his illustrations featuring the face of Lina Cavalieri, an operatic soprano.  Fornasetti found her face in a 19th-century magazine, turning the black and white image into an iconic representation of his work. It was known as the “Tema e Variazioni” (theme and variation) plate series.  

He said: "What inspired me to create more than 500 variations on the face of a woman? I don’t know. I began to make them and I never stopped."

Mark: Fornasetti mark over  Hutschenreuther green under mark. Mark circa 1965.


Fornasetti: Designer of Dreams, Patrick Mauries, page 192.  Mauries writes: For Fornasetti, a single product never exhausted the possibilities of an idea.  He loved to let his imagination roam, finding more and more layers of meaning and association in the process.  Much of his work, therefore, takes the form of variations on a theme.

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