four-fold screen/room divider; white ground and white on back; decorated with multicolored printed designs in four rows of musical instruments (primarily lutes), whips, umbrellas, canes, boots, guns, boating equipment (paddles, ropes, anchor), antique lamps, two hat trees with various hats, and keys; eight white casters

Four-paneled folding screen, c.1958

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Gift of Eric Daytonexpand_more  2010.81

Piero Fornasetti had many artistic interests: graphic design, decorative arts, historical prints, Italian art and architecture, Surrealism. And they all inspired his unique approach to decoration. The folding screen was one of his favorite formats, and here he has covered the screen’s surface with four layers of historical objects, including musical instruments, guns, whips, hats, keys, canes, and boots. Fornasetti drew from memory, and it’s clear that he absorbed historical details. Every major technological development in guns, for example, is reflected here, from wheel lock to flint lock to percussion in the second register, and finally to a modern revolver in the bottom row.

Details
Title
Four-paneled folding screen
Artist Life
1913-1988
Role
Designer
Accession Number
2010.81
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four-fold screen/room divider; white ground and white on back; decorated with multicolored printed designs in four rows of musical instruments (primarily lutes), whips, umbrellas, canes, boots, guns, boating equipment (paddles, ropes, anchor), antique lamps, two hat trees with various hats, and keys; eight white casters