Fulvio Bianconi (Italian, 1915-1996), Two coloured glass busts of Commedia dell' Arte characters entitled 'Arlecchino' and 'Scaramuccia', c
Fulvio Bianconi (Italian, 1915-1996), Two coloured glass busts of Commedia dell' Arte characters entitled 'Arlecchino' and 'Scaramuccia', c. 1948-50. For reference purposes see: Rossana BOSSAGLIA, I Vetri Di Fulvio Bianconi, plate 15, an illustration of a bust from this series. (2 items) 4.3 in (11 cm) height, 6.3 in (16 cm) height. Fulvio Bianconi is a central figure in Murano glass design. He started working for Venini in 1948 and worked free-lance for Vistosi and Galliano Ferri. His work embodies the spirit of experimentation and playfulness that characterised Italian glass design in the 1960s. In 1948, glass designer and caricaturist Fulvio Bianconi began work at Venini's glassworks. Thanks to Bianconi's outstanding creativity, Venini's post-war recovery was remarkable. Bianconi stayed connected to Venini until the 1990s, although he occasionally designed for other glassworks during this time, such as Cenedese, Mazzega, Vistosi, Galliano Ferro and under his own name. This way he was able to create his 'own' designs, by-passing Paolo Venini. Where Carlo Scarpa's designs epitomised classical elegance, Fulvio Bianconi represented exploding creativity. The very best 'Bianconi' years were 1948 - 1957. There can be little doubt that Fulvio Bianconi remains the leading figure in the Venini 'cult'. This is especially evident in his fazzoletto (handkerchief vase) and the pezzato (patchwork). His unique pieces include his torsi, mermaids, commedia dell'Arte figurines, his clowns, and his 'rete' (nets).
Auction Date: December 2014