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An ice bucket by Piero Fornasetti, available for £2250 from 3details.

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The art and design of Piero Fornasetti (1913-88) stretched to cover more than 11,000 objects, from grand pieces of furniture to cigarette boxes over a long career.

His focus on the surface of objects, rather than their form, set him apart from other 20th century designers.

For example, an ice bucket on offer on the 3details site is of standard size and shape, made of steel and brass, but is whimsically decorated with a double row of different coloured Bohemian glasses. It is available for £2250.

His playful, often surreal schemes and patterns were inspired by maps, advertisements and illustrations spanning the 17th-20th centuries and endlessly reproduced the face of Lina Cavalieri, the Italian opera singer.

3details, a regular exhibitor at the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea, specialises in 20th century design, fine art and decorative antiques as well as paintings by the contemporary artist Peter Woodward.

A selection of its stock can be found at Lorfords in Tetbury, but the majority of its antiques and artworks can be found online.

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