Piero Fornasetti & Gio Ponti, Cabinet, 1951. Milan, Italy.
In Italy this type was known as a trumó or trumeau. Its origins can be traced back to the 1700s. The technique used to make this cabinet was unusual. Lithographs were created for each section, printed on to transfer sheets, and then applied to fibreboard panels. These were fitted to the cabinet and varnished. Fornasetti’s trompe-l’oeil schemes were inspired by 16th century Italian Mannerist art as well as by 20th century Surrealism. V&A