Fornasetti if you please

Image of Fornasetti designed Jacqmar silk scarf, rebus designMy first and only piece of Fornasetti is a scarf.  Being me, I’d either want a bit of textile or paper designed by him, so that’s OK.  I got the scarf a long time ago and it has remained in a bit of archival tissue paper until recently.  I finally got around to mounting it on unbleached calico. And it has just come back to me framed for my bedroom wall.

The design is a Rebus a ‘kind of word puzzle that uses pictures to represent words or parts of words.’ But it is rather feminine in a way I don’t normally associate with Fornasetti’s work.  He did do a fabric design called ‘Rebus’ on a yellow ground, but it is quite different. I’m not sure if he wrote the text on this scarf but I guess he hand-drew the words out.  The pictures are lovely, things from a boudior – slippers, comb, scent. I really love illustrations of domestic items and these have a very particular personality.

The Fornasetti signature sits in the lower left corner next to the Jacqmar name. Jacqmar did some great scarves in the 40s and 50s. Very middle-England, wear with your Jaeger camel coat sort of scarves. I’m thinking my scarf must be early 50s. I can’t find anything else about it. It’s not in my ‘Designer of Dreams’ book on him.  But I did hear tell recently of a cased two volume coffee table book on him. That might help if I can track it down in a library.

But for now I remain happy to have it on show at long last.


shelf appeal

It does indeed, took me a long time to find a framer who understood what I wanted though.


Ah, what a coincidence. I’ve started an accidental collection of Jacqmar scarves without knowing anything about their history, so that’s very interesting. They’re so chic, or so I tell myself. None of them compare to this one but that makes them easier to wear without worry!

shelf appeal

I don’t see this as designed to wear, at least not well designed to wear. Jacqmar are really interesting I think. They are chic too. 🙂


mm. Nicer than my Fornasetti/Jacqmar scarf, which is an image of an exuberant bouquet of flowers wrapped in newspaper – it’s only the newspaper print that really gives away the Fornasetti involvement besides the signature. And as an aside, I think Arnold Lever also did a rebus design for Jacqmar in the 40s, though not as refined as this one….’mounted on unbleached calico’; Perfect!


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