Sunday, April 10, 2011

Who Knew?

I love the look of eclectic, mismatched plates displayed on the wall. The more colorful, the better. I have the perfect spot in my kitchen to start a collection of my own. I've been picking up a few plates here and there at the Goodwill with the intention of hanging them when I have enough to make a good cluster.

I picked up this plate for $2.25 because I thought the butterflies were cool. It looks brand new and I assumed (never again!) that it came from Target or somewhere similar.

It wasn't until a week later when I was putting a plate hanger on it that I looked at the back. Hand painted in Italy in 1955? Huh? After some research I found out that Piero Fornasetti was an incredibly iconic and prolific Italian artist/designer. Check out the Fornasetti website and you will probably recognize some of his work.

Most of the Fornasetti plates on ebay are black and white. I only found one other example of the colorful butterflies: a set of two plates like mine that recently sold for $305! Whoa! This plate has been tossed around my house from surface to surface for the last week..... it was in the sink with other dishes!

I like the butterflies but I don't love them so I decided to list the plate on ebay. Here's the listing if anyone is interested: 'Vintage 1950's Fornasetti 'Farfalle' Butterfly Plate'.

“So I dressed with remaining ceramics, furniture and objects; so I placed a message in each, a small story, at times ironic and obviously wordless, but audible to those who believe in poetry.” Piero Fornasetti

Linking up to Apron Thrift Girl's 'Thrift Share Monday'!


  1. Incredible find! How big is the plate? I think those are moths; which makes it all the more unique. Happy sales!

  2. It's 10 inches. I thought they were moths too but on the back it says 'Farfalle' which is Italian for butterfly.

  3. Good for you, what a find! I hope it sells...A bit insulting to the artist, that you thought it was from Target...tsk tsk :-0 haha

  4. What a great idea. Those plates are so cool!

  5. I love it with plates! I've been doing it with embroidery hoops and fabric, maybe I'll give this a shot. Hopefully I get as lucky as you did!

  6. Just saw this post...congratulations on your sale! Wow! I bet you're glad you saw the back of it!

  7. Cassie - I love the look with fabric and embroidery hoops too! I want to see a picture of how you have it.

    latenightcoffee - thanks! Trust me.... I will be checking the back of EVERYTHING now :)

  8. Wow! GREAT score! Don't you just love these kind of finds?!

  9. Great eBay sale! I just saw the completed auction. Don't you just love sales like that. :)