Price

£44200.00

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Vintage Piero Fornasetti Complete Set of Astrolabe Plates.

Numbering 12 plates in total.

1960s.

The Piero Fornasetti porcelain gold, black and white plates each depict a different astrolabe and are a complete set numbered from one to twelve.

Dimensions: 8.27 inches diameter x 1 inch high (21.01cm diameter x 2.54cm high).

Mark:  Astrolabio in a banner over a green porcelain undermark above Fornasetti hand and brush.

 

ASTROLABE  

An astrolabe (Greek:  astrolabon, "star-taker") is an elaborate inclinometer, historically used by astronomers, navigators, and astrologers. Its many uses include locating and predicting the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars, determining local time given local latitude and vice-versa, surveying, triangulation, and to cast horoscopes. It was used in classical antiquity, through the Islamic Golden Age, the European Middle Ages, and Renaissance for all these purposes.

In the Islamic world, it was also used to calculate the Qibla and to find the times for Salah, prayers. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astrolabe).

Reference: See a similar Astrolabe plate in the Victoria & Albert Museum's Collection, Museum # C.63-1985. (http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O170005/plate-fornasetti-piero/).

Dimensions

21.01cm diameter x 2.54cm high

Price

£44200.00

Condition report

Very Good

Stock number

ny8270-ICRR

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