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Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Glassware designer Paolo Venini’s best creations are thought to be his two-color Clessidre hourglasses, produced from 1957 onward, and the Fazzoletto (“handkerchief”) vase, designed with Fulvio Bianconi in 1949. 

Beginning in the 1930s — and throughout the postwar years especially — Venini & Co. played a leading role in the revival of Italy’s high-end glass industry, pairing innovative modernist designers with the skilled artisans who created extraordinary chandeliers, sconces and other lighting in the centuries-old glass workshops on the Venetian island of Murano.

While the company’s co-founder, Paolo Venini (1895–1959), was himself a highly talented glassware designer, his true genius was to invite forward-thinking Italian and international designers to Murano’s hallowed workshops to create Venini pieces — among them Gio Ponti, Massimo Vignelli, Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala, Thomas Stearns of the United States and Fulvio Bianconi.

For a range of work that includes everything from illustrating thousands of books and other publications to his role as a visionary glassmaker, Bianconi is remembered as one of the most innovative cross-disciplinarian artists of the postwar era. He was an apprentice decorator in his youth at the Murano glass furnaces, where he first discovered the art of glassmaking.

Following the war, Bianconi went to work designing perfume bottles for the Milan perfume house Giviemme at Venini, where he worked with glass masters Ermete and Arturo Biassuto. Bianconi became one of Venini’s most influential glass designers — and was appointed artistic director following Carlo Scarpa — known for his bold use of color, modern style and unique, playful designs. 

Among Bianconi's most iconic works in glass are the series of glass figures from the Commedia dell’Arte, his remarkably fluid bowls, and the patchwork “Pezzato” technique — his colorful vases created with this technique feature patterns that resemble those of a patchwork quilt. Works made in this fashion caused a sensation at the 25th Venice Biennale in 1950. Bianconi worked with several other glass studios, including Cenedese in 1954 and Vistosi in 1963, creating decorative vessels, bowls, hourglasses and sculptures

Paolo Venini trained and practiced as a lawyer for a time, though his family had been involved with glassmaking for generations. After initially buying a share in a Venetian glass firm — he and antiques dealer Giacomo Cappellin established Vetri Soffiati Cappellin Venini & C. in 1921 — Venini took over the company as his own in 1925, and under his direction, it produced mainly classical Baroque designs.

In 1932, Venini hired the young Carlo Scarpa— who would later distinguish himself as an architect — as his lead designer. Scarpa, working in concert with practiced glass artisans, completely modernized Venini, introducing simple, pared-down forms; bright primary colors; and bold patterns such as stripes, banding and abstract compositions that utilized cross sections of murrine (glass rods).

Bianconi’s glassworks are held in museum collections worldwide, including London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Corning Museum of Glass in New York.

Noteworthy and highly collectible vintage Venini works include Ponti’s dual-tone stoppered bottles (circa 1948); rare glass sculptures from the Doge series by Stearns, the first American to design for the firm; Vignelli’s striped lanterns of the 1960s; the Occhi vases with eyelet-shaped patterns by Tobia Scarpa (son of Carlo); and, with their almost zen purity, the Bolle (“bubbles”) bottles designed by Wirkkala in 1968. 

Find antique Paolo Venini and Fulvio Bianconi serveware, vases and other decorative objects on 1stDibs.

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Salviati Venini Bianconi Venetian Murano Zanfirico Latticino Bowl Saucer, Pair
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Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini serveware, ceramics, silver and glass for sale on 1stDibs.

Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini serveware, ceramics, silver and glass are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini serveware, ceramics, silver and glass, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 3 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 2 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original serveware, ceramics, silver and glass by Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini were created in the modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider serveware, ceramics, silver and glass by Tomaso Buzzi, Karim Rashid, and Andrea Barra. Prices for Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini serveware, ceramics, silver and glass can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,470 and can go as high as $5,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,980.

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