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Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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
Venini Vase 'Fazzoletto' in red, Venice Murano 1950s
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
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 Glass

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Pezzato vase by Fulvio Bianconi
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Milano, MI
ezed vase Fulvio Bianconi Venini & C. 1951 H 22 cm diam. 15.5 cm 1951, IX Milan Triennale Letteratura: Murano Milan Venice GlasDie Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum 2010, p. 136 ...
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1950s Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Glass, Art Glass, Murano 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 Glass

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Art 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 Glass

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Fulvio Bianconi "Informale" Vase
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An original Venini Vase in Clear/Gray Textured Glass. A large Vase in the form of of a Female torso. Original Venini sticker and engraved Venini/ Italia signature.
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1960s Italian Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Art Glass

Pulegoso Glass Bowl by Fulvio Bianconi for Cenedese
By Cenedese, Fulvio Bianconi
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 Glass

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Blown Glass

Fulvio Bianconi Venini Italian Midcentury Wall Sconces in Pink Murano Glass
By Fulvio Bianconi, Paolo Venini
Located in Morazzone, Varese
Gorgeous and rare pair of wall sconces handcrafted from Murano Glass Master Fulvio Bianconi for Venini during the 1950s. Both wall lights are made of pink and white swirled Murano ar...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Brass

Venini Vase 'Fazzoletto Opalino', Venice Murano, 2015
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A Fazzoletto vase in green and light green opaline glass with clear glass overlay. It was manufactured in 2015 by Venini, Venice after a design of Fulvio Bianconi. On the base there ...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Art Glass

Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Pezzato Vase for Venini
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Model 1329 in the 'Paris' colorway of red, blue, green, and hay yellow glass. One of Bianconi's major contributions to the art of glassmaking, the Pezzato series premiered at the 195...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Art Glass

Fulvio Bianconi for Venini, Murano Glass Bottle / Decanter, Signed, Label
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is an original bottle without stopper, by the well known designer Fulvio Bianconi, has 3 acid marks and on top original foil label as shown in pictures.
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Glass

Venini Vase 'Fazzoletto', Venice Murano 1950s
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A large Fazzoletto (handkerchief) vase in transparent red glass. Manufactured ca. 1950s by Venini, Venice after a design of Fulvio Bianconi. On the base with acid etched signature 'v...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Venini Vase 'Fazzoletto Zanfirico Lattimo", Venice Murano 1950s
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A large Fazzoletto (handkerchief) vase in transparent glass with white rod decorations called "Zanfirico Lattimo". Manufactured ca. 1950s by Venini, Venice after a design of Fulvio B...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Venini Bianconi Murano White Purple Zanfirico Italian Art Glass Fazzoletto Vase
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage murano hand blown white and purple ribbons Italian art glass fazzoletto / handkerchief vase. Documented to designer Fulvio Bianconi, and signed "Venini Murano Itali...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass

Fulvio Bianconi 5 Glasses Murano Glass, 1955, Italy
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Milano, IT
Fulvio Bianconi 5 glasses murano glass 1955! Italy.
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1950s Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Murano Glass

Vistosi Bianconi Murano Label Blue Red Band White Italian Art Glass Flower Vase
By Fulvio Bianconi, Vistosi
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown bright cobalt blue and red band over white Italian art glass flower vase. Documented to designer Fulvio Bianconi for Vistosi, circa 1960s. He work...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Art Glass, Glass, Sommerso, Murano Glass, Blown Glass

Fulvio Bianconi, "Epipedos", 1999
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Paris, FR
Fulvio Bianconi 'Epipedos' Vase, c. 1989 Execution: Venini, blown glass, green. Signed: Venini murano. H : 26 cm (10.23") Overall Very good condition Epipedos comes from the...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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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 Glass

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Murano Glass, Art Glass

Fulvio Bianconi Venini Model 4319 Patchwork Pezzato Vase Murano, Italy, 1950’s
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Ann Arbor, MI
Large Venini Pezzato vase model 4319 designed by Fulvio Bianconi circa 1950’s. Vase retains its original acid signature Venini Murano Italia. ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Blown Glass

Fulvio Bianconi for Venini Murano Italy Red and Green Glass Bottle, 1988
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Reggio Emilia, IT
Italian famous bottle with blown glass stopper decorated with red and green canes designed by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini Murano in 1988, cone-shaped stopper...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Murano Glass

Fulvio Bianconi, "Pezzato" Glass Vase, 1951
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Paris, FR
Fulvio Bianconi "Pezzato" Glass Vase, 1951 Venini Murano green blue red vase Marked: Venini H : 28 cm (11") Overall Very good condition The "Pezzato" (Patchwork) series took Bianco...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Glass

Fulvio Bianconi, "Epipedos", 2011
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Paris, FR
Fulvio Bianconi 'Epipedos' Vase, c. 2011 Execution: Venini, blown glass, green and yellow. Signed: Venini murano. Measure: H : 15 cm (5.9") Overall Very good condition Epipe...
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2010s Italian Post-Modern Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Glass

Fulvio Bianconi, "Forato" Glass Vase, 1951
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Paris, FR
Fulvio Bianconi "Forato" glass vase, 1951 Venini Murano green vase Marked: Venini Measure: H : 31.5 cm (12,4") Overall Very good condition The “For...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Glass

Fulvio Bianconi, Rare "Epipedos" Vase, Venini Artist Proof, 1989
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Paris, FR
Fulvio Bianconi 'Epipedos' Vase, c. 1989 Execution: Venini, blown glass, blue. Signed: Venini murano, Artist Proof Measures: H : 17.5 cm (6.7") Overall Very good condition T...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Glass

Fulvio Bianconi, "Epipedos" Vase, Venini Artist Proof, 1989
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Paris, FR
Fulvio Bianconi 'Epipedos' Vase, c. 1989 Execution: Venini, blown glass, red. Signed: Venini murano, Artist proof H : 17.5 cm (6.7") Overall Very good condition This a rare ...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Glass

Fulvio Bianconi, "A Spicchi", 1950
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Paris, FR
Fulvio Bianconi 'A Spicchi' Vase, c. 1950 Execution: Venini, blown glass, purple, pink and blue. Measure: H : 19 cm (7.48") Overall Very good condition A piece both highly ...
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1950s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Glass

Fulvio Bianconi, "A Spicchi", 1953
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Paris, FR
Fulvio Bianconi 'A Spicchi' Vase, c. 1953 Execution: Venini, blown glass, purple, pink and blue. Signed: Original label and signature (Picture 4) H : 36 cm (14.17") Overall Ver...
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1950s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Glass

Fulvio Bianconi, Private Collection, Glass Vase Set with Glass Balloons, 1960
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Paris, FR
Fulvio Bianconi Bianconi's private collection, c. 1960 Execution: Blown glass, clear and blue, with glass bubbles inside. Signed: Bianconi H : 23 cm (9.05") Overall Very good co...
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1960s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Glass

Fulvio Bianconi, "Forato" Glass Vase, 1951
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Paris, FR
Fulvio Bianconi "Forato" Glass Vase, 1951 Venini Murano blue vase Marked : Venini H : 44cm (17,32") Overall Very good condition The “Forato” series ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Glass

Fulvio Bianconi, "Forato" Glass Vase, 1951
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Paris, FR
Fulvio Bianconi "Forato" Glass Vase, 1951 Venini Murano turquoise vase Marked: Venini H : 27.5 cm (10,8") Overall Very good condition The “Forato” series owes its name to the holes...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Glass

Vase Forato by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini, Murano, 1950s
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Tan France Auction Pick A Forato vase in green, and amber colored glass designed by Fulvio Bianconi in 1951, manufactured by Venini, Venice, Italy ca. 195...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Art Glass

Fulvio Bianconi, Venini Satin Iridescent Murano Glass Vase Rare 4-Line Acid Mark
By Maria Theresa Venini 1, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Grat and rare Venini, Bianconi Murano glass acid 4-line early mark vase, nice smoke color, iridato, satin.
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1940s Italian Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Art Glass, Murano Glass, Blown Glass

Fulvio Bianconi for Venini Fasce Orizzontale Bottle
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A monumental form signed with a 3-line acid stamp.
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1950s Italian Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Art Glass

Fulvio Bianconi Pezzato Vase
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Fulvio Bianconi Pezzato Vase model #4338 as shown in the catolgo rosso,folio 111. A beautiful example of the Parigi Variant,show casing red,blue straw ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Glass

Fulvio Bianconi 'Con Machi' Unique Venini Prototype
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Sharon, CT
Provenance: Gift from the artist- Maria Pia Bianconi- Piero Georgiades Sold with a letter of authenticity from Piero Georgiades, the nephew of Fulvio Bian...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Blown Glass

Handshake, a Post-War Lattimo Art Glass Sculpture by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An exceptionally rare figurine by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini & Co. Referred to as 'Handshake', the model consists of a gloved hand with a scalloped cuff shaking hands with a naked...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Seven Cups and 11 Water, Long Drink Glasses Red Blue Fulvio Bianconi
By Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Weiningen, CH
Mid-Century seven cups and 11 water or long drink glasses red blue Fulvio Bianconi. The cups are 9 x 6.5 cm.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Blown Glass

Fulvio Bianconi Fasce Orizzontali Vase
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A Fulvio Bianconi banded vase in clear glass with embedded bands of aquamarine,sapphire,black and red glass. marked with a three line acid stamp c.1953
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1950s Italian Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Glass

Fulvio Bianconi "Fazzoletto" Vase for Venini
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Milan, IT
Fulvio Bianconi "Fazzoletto" vase for Venini. Iridescent turquoise and sang-de-boeuf glass.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

Rare Set of Two Murano Glass Bottles by Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini, 1950s
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Milan, IT
Rare set of two bottles with stopper "A Fasce Verticali" by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini.
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1950s Italian Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Murano Glass

"Pezzato" Vase by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Milan, IT
Remarkable "Pezzato" vase by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini. Signed with three-line acid stamp to underside.
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1950s Italian Vintage Fulvio Bianconi Glass

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Murano Glass

Fulvio Bianconi glass for sale on 1stDibs.

Fulvio Bianconi 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 glass, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original glass by Fulvio Bianconi were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider glass by Arte Vetraria Muranese (AVEM), Salviati, and Dino Martens. Prices for Fulvio Bianconi glass can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $383 and can go as high as $18,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,950.

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