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Fulvio Bianconi Bowls and Baskets

Italian, 1915-1996

For a range of work that includes everything from illustrating thousands of books and other publications to his role as a visionary glassmaker, Fulvio Bianconi is remembered as one of the most innovative cross-disciplinarian artists of the postwar era.

Born in Ponte di Brenta in 1915, Bianconi showed a prodigious talent for drawing at an early age and, as a teenager, earned money as a portraitist. He also worked as an apprentice decorator in his youth at the Murano glass furnaces, where he first discovered the art of glassmaking.

In 1933, he moved to Milan to pursue a career as a graphic artist, and it was there he met Dino Villani, a painter who had ties to some of Milan’s most prestigious publishing houses and advertising firms. However, at the onset of World War II, Bianconi paused his graphic design ambitions and joined the army. In 1944, he narrowly escaped the infamous Via Rasella Nazi raids in German-occupied Rome.

Following the war, Bianconi went to work designing perfume bottles for the Milan perfume house Giviemme at Venini glassworks, 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.

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

Bianconi worked with several other glass studios, including Cenedese in 1954 and Vistosi in 1963, creating decorative vessels, bowls, hourglasses and sculptures. He was also a graphic designer with the Italian publishing house Garzanti for nearly 30 years. Bianconi’s portfolio of graphic design included work for FIAT, Pathé and Pirelli, among others.

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. The artist died in 1996.

On 1stDibs, discover a range of vintage Fulvio Bianconi decorative objects, glassware and lighting.

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Creator: Fulvio Bianconi
Fasce Centerpiece Giant Eye Bowl Fulvio Bianconi IVR Mazzega Murano Sommerso
By Fulvio Bianconi, Mazzega
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Rare 'A FASCE' centerpiece bowl by Fulvio Bianconi for I.V.R. Mazzega, Murano, Italy, 1959. An eye shaped body, clear glass handles with applied horizontal bands in red, blue, green,...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Bowls and Baskets

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Art Glass

Fulvio Bianconi Bowl Pezzato Americano, Venini, Murano 1950s
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A Pezzato Americano bowl in yellow, green, straw and black colored glass designed by Fulvio Bianconi in 1950. Manufactured by Venini, Venice ca. 1950s. With acid etched signature "Ve...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fulvio Bianconi Bowls and Baskets

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Pulegoso Glass Bowl by Fulvio Bianconi for Cenedese
By Fulvio Bianconi, Cenedese
Located in New York, NY
Clear & colored blown glass. Great scale with internal bubbles and vibrant color stripes. Signed on underside by maker.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Bowls and Baskets

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Blown Glass

Venini Vase 'Fazzoletto' in red, Venice Murano 1950s
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Venini Vase 'Fazzoletto' in red, Venice Murano 1950s A vintage fazzoletto (handkerchief) vase in transparent red glass. Manufactured ca. 1950s by Venini...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fulvio Bianconi Bowls and Baskets

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Venini Signed Fulvio Bianconi Murano Yellow White Swirl Italian Art Glass Bowl
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown yellow and white stripes optic swirl Italian art glass bowl or vide-poche. The bowl has been documented to designer Fulvio Bianconi, for the Venin...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fulvio Bianconi Bowls and Baskets

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Glass, Murano Glass, Blown Glass, Art Glass

Fazzoletto Zanfirico Vase by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini, Venice Murano, 1950s
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Fazzoletto Zanfirico Vase by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini, Venice Murano 1950s A rare Fazzoletto (handkerchief) vase in transparent glass with whit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fulvio Bianconi Bowls and Baskets

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Venini Signed Fulvio Bianconi Murano Black White Swirl Italian Art Glass Bowl
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown white and black stripes optic swirl Italian art glass bowl or vide-poche. The bowl has been documented to designer Fulvio Bianconi, for the Venini...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fulvio Bianconi Bowls and Baskets

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Glass, Murano Glass

Venini Vase 'Fazzoletto Opalino', by Fulvio Bianconi, 1950s
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Venini Vase 'Fazzoletto Opalino', by Fulvio Bianconi 1950s A Fazzoletto vase in opaline and rose glass with clear glass overlay. It was manufactured in the 1950s by Venini, Venice a...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fulvio Bianconi Bowls and Baskets

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Fulvio Bianconi Vase 'fazzoletto zanfirico' Venini circa 1950 Fazzoletto Vase
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Munster, NRW
A Fazzoletto vase in white and light green Zanfirico glass designed by fulvio bianconi in 1950, manufactured by Venini, Venice. With vintage etched signature. Lit.: Marino bar...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Bowls and Baskets

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Murano Glass

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