Skip Navigation

Plate, Theme and Variation

Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Glazed earthenware
  • Place Made: Milan, Italy
  • DATES ca. 1954
    DIMENSIONS 1/2 x 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 in. (1.3 x 10.5 x 10.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS On underside of base, transfer printed in black: "[human eye]/TEMA E/VARIAZIONI/6/[hand with paint brush]/FORNASETTI . MILANO/MADE IN ITALY".
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2005.37.6
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Estate of Jane Adams Breed
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    CAPTION Piero Fornasetti (Italian, 1913-1988). Plate, Theme and Variation, ca. 1954. Glazed earthenware, 1/2 x 4 1/8 x 4 1/8 in. (1.3 x 10.5 x 10.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of Jane Adams Breed, 2005.37.6. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2005.37.6_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2005.37.6_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small circular dished porcelain plate with transfer-printed decoration of a woman's face in black on white ground with a large, gaping black crack running vertically through face, wider at top. Number 6 from 7 piece Tema e Variazioni series.
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.