Property of a Westchester Collector
“CITTÀ DI CARTE” FOUR-PANEL SCREEN
designed 1952, executed circa 1980s
lithographic transfer-print over wood, gilt metal
80¾ x 78¼ x 1¼ in. (205.1 x 198.7 x 3.1 cm)
Overall in very good condition. This lot is one of Fornasetti's most popular and most widely produced four-panel screens and is in functional condition. The panels present with expected signs of age, namely some surface scratches, very minor penmarks as well as scattered areas of very minor discoloration which are not visually distracting and concentrated to the outer edges of each panel, consistent with use and handling. The top left corner of one panel with two indentations to the wooden surface, the largest measuring approximately 1 inch wide and not visually distracting. The sides of each panel with areas of abrasion and scattered losses to the lithographic and wooden surfaces, the largest measuring approximately 2 inches long. The casters appear to have been replaced and are in excellent, functional condition. A superb piece that epitomizes Fornasetti's whimsical style, ready for display.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE INCLUDED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Acquired by the present owner, circa 1991
Patrick Mauriès, Fornasetti, Designer of Dreams, London, 1991, p. 212
Barnaba Fornasetti, ed., Fornasetti: The Complete Universe, Milan, 2009, p. 442