Posted 3 months ago
VINTAGE PIERO FORNASETTI FOR BONWIT TELLER
Found these online last week friday and bought them for some you know im a really these coaster and the fornasetti has done , he's always been one of favorites , and thanks vetraio50 who has introduces me to this type fornasetti's wares, these date to the 1960s .
another example of what these really go for .
i gotten mine on ebay for a set of six , i wished i had the whole set.
___________ BONWIT TELLER -NEW YORK______________
Bonwit Teller was a high quality ladies apparel store, founded by Paul J. Bonwit(1862-1939). Born in Germany, Bonwit moved to the US in 1883, working in New York and Nebraska before returning to New York and joining Rothschild & Company. By 1897, he became partners with Edmund D. Teller and by 1911 their store was located on 5th Avenue.
In the 1920s and 1930s they carried French models, including duplicates of Lanvin, Patou, Vionnet, and Maggy Rouff, custom mades, and American-made garments including designs by Nettie Rosenstein. They were noted for the quality of their merchandise and the salaries they paid.
In 1930, Floyd Odlum brought needed capital to the company, and in 1934, Bonwit sold out to Odlum. His wife Hortense Odlum became the first woman president of a major department store in the US. Since 1946, Bonwit Teller was owned by the Hoving Corporation, Genesco, Allied Stores Corporation and finally the Hooker Corporation in 1987. In May 1990, Donald Trump demolished the Fifth Avenue store in order to make room for the Trump Tower, and the firm of Bonwit Teller no longer was in business.
Piero Fornasetti was a Milanese painter, sculptor, interior decorator, engraver of books and a creator of more than 11,000 products. In terms of variety of decoration, Fornasetti’s production of objects and furniture is one of the largest of the 20th century.
Fornasetti is celebrated as being among the most original creative talents of the twentieth century. During his career he created a visual vocabulary that is instantly recognisable and unceasingly engaging. Fornasetti designed a magical world, saturated in image and colour and filled
1913 Piero Fornasetti is born in Milan, Italy.
1930 Piero entered Brera Academy to study drawing.
1932 Expelled from Brera for insubordination.
1933 First artwork shown as part of a student exhibition at Milano University. Also this year, a series of scarves in printed silk was exhibited at the Milan Triennale.
1935 At the sixth Triennale in Milan, Piero exhibited, among other things, a decorative bronze and ceramic frieze in an archaic style.
1940 Piero met Gio Ponti and went on to design ‘The Lunar’ illustrated Calendar book for him.
1942 Created frescoes for the Palazzo Bo in Padova.
1943-1946 Went into exile in Switzerland.
1947 Exhibited a series of motifs for ceramics at the Triennale (commissioned again by Gio Ponti).
1950 Decorated the interior of the San Remo Casino.
1951 Completed the first example of a complete interior for the Casa Lucano in collaboration with Gio Ponti. Exhibited his ‘Architettura’ furniture during the Ninth Triennale. Created the ‘Palladiana’ chest of drawers.
1952 Took part in the interior decoration of the Andrea Doria ocean liner, designing the first class areas.
1955-1958 Created the Stanza Metafisica; thirty-two decorative panels that could be arranged into an interior environment.
1970 Founded the Bibliofili Gallery in Milan with several friends.
1979 Death of Gio Ponti.
1980 Design store Themes and Variations opens in London, reviving interest in Fornasetti’s work.
Early 1987 Piero’s first book project is in collaboration with Patrick Mauriès and illustrates his collective works.
1988 Death of Piero Fornasetti in Milan, during minor hospital treatment.
The Fornasetti family home is an extraordinary testament to the creativity of Piero Fornasetti. The house can be found in the Città Studi area of Milan and was built by Piero’s parents in the 19th century. Like a labyrinth, the house is made up of a complex and intricate network of rooms and corridors.
The family home became a canvas for Piero’s fervent creativity and over the course of the many years he lived here the rooms of the Milanese villa became decorated with his art. There is no better, certainly no richer, example of the Fornasetti aesthetic.
The home became a testbed for Fornasetti’s work with colour and motif: unique designs, original furniture, found objects and inspirations fill the rooms. Piero’s home became a living archive of his style – the result is an intoxicating, magical experience. The house remains the Fornasetti family home and has been maintained and developed by Piero’s son, Barnaba Fornasetti.
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