Upmarket department store Liberty are now selling Piero Fornasetti’s collection of plates entitled ‘Tema e Variazioni’.
Roughly translating as Variations on a Theme, each piece of china is decorated with an image of a beautiful 19th century woman, Lina Cavalieri that he had once seen in a magazine. So haunted was Fornasetti by her image that he created over five hundred variations on her face. Some are more straightforward depictions, others individual features and some are very much in the Surrealist mould.
Each plate costs £85 from Liberty. Expensive but these plates weren’t really designed to eat your dinner off!
Further details can be found on the Liberty website.