2016 marks the 49th year of the trademark Fornasetti “Calendario” (calendar) plates. Thus Barnaba Fornasetti has decided to show the entire collection at the Milan Fornasetti Store, from the 3rd to the 31st December 2015.
The calendar plate is a tradition that was started by Piero Fornasetti in 1968. Its origins are based in the 1940s when Gio Ponti, the Italian architect, designer, artist and publisher, commissioned Fornasetti to design hand-printed booklets named “annuari” in a limited edition which was given exclusively to friends during the Christmas period. From 1968 until 1988, Fornasetti replaced these booklets with porcelain plates; each of them showing days and months surrounded by those Fornasetti motifs that we love so much, such as suns, moons, playing cards, owls, cats, zodiac signs and so on.
Usually calendars are a way to keep track of time, but this Fornasetti icon has somewhat paradoxically demonstrated that it is timeless and, as you can imagine, has drawn the attention of the antique and collector’s market.
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Words by Anna Bang
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