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Rare Vintage Fornasetti 70s Ashtray – ‘Tema e Variazioni’ No. 219 – Iconic Art

Vintage Fornasetti 70s ashtray from the iconic 'Tema e Variazioni' series, crafted in the Seventies for Winston brand. This is the number 219 of the series.

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Discover the allure of timeless elegance with this rare vintage Fornasetti 70s ashtray, a true gem from the renowned ‘Tema e Variazioni’ series. Crafted for the Winston brand, this exquisite piece features the iconic visage of Lina Cavalieri, immortalized by Piero Fornasetti, who was captivated by her beauty and grace. The specific variation, ‘Tema e Variazioni’ number 219, presents Lina’s face as the knob of a walking cane, meticulously held between Piero’s fingers—a testament to Fornasetti’s fascination with intricate and whimsical designs.

This ashtray is not just a functional object but a piece of art that exemplifies mid-century Italian craftsmanship and design innovation. The classic black-and-white depiction is complemented by the high-quality ceramic material, offering a smooth and glossy finish. The piece is in excellent vintage condition, retaining its integrity with no chips. It does feature a minor original defect, resembling a small air bubble on the side of the image, which is common in handmade pieces of this era and adds to its authenticity.

With dimensions that are perfect for both display and use, this Fornasetti ashtray is a coveted addition for collectors of mid-century modern design and enthusiasts of Fornasetti’s eclectic artistry. Its compact size makes it a versatile decorative piece, whether placed on a coffee table, a bookshelf, or in a curio cabinet.

Bringing home this ashtray means owning a slice of 20th-century art history. It’s perfect for those who appreciate the intersection of functionality and artistic expression. Enhance your space with a piece that not only tells a story but also showcases the genius of Piero Fornasetti and his enduring muse, Lina Cavalieri.

item. collectible ashtray
model. tema e variazioni – variazione n. 219
designer. Piero Fornasetti
maker. Fornasetti Milano
period. 1970s
country. Italy
material. ceramic
color. white, black, red
dimensions (cm). 19 x 19 x 7
condition. very good conditions. a minor original defect, resembling a small air bubble on the side of the image.
art. no. 1470

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