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Fulvio Bianconi for Venini Murano Pair of Figurines Arlecchino and Arlecchina

$8,873.77Asking Priceper set


A rare pair of figurines designed by Fulvio Bianconi, manufactured by Venini Murano in Italy, circa 1955. In lattimo glass with polychrome decorations on a circular black glass base. Known as model 2908 - exhibited Venice 26th Biennale in 1952 Arlecchino is 14"1/2 high, Arlecchina is 12"1/2 high. Each sculpture bears the 1950s acid stamp signature "Venini Murano Italia".


  • Creator
    Fulvio Bianconi (Artist),Venini (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.38 in. (36.5 cm)Diameter: 3.94 in. (10 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1952
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The two sculptures are in very good condition and may have minor imperfection such as light scratches and charcoal spots due to the manufacturing process. Arlecchino is 14"1/2 high, Arlecchina is 12"1/2 high.
  • Seller Location
    Brussels, BE
  • Reference Number
    Seller: B02_7/1-21stDibs: LU2994322353732

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    Ships From: Leuze-en-Hainaut, Belgium
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Manufacturer


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 in the centuries-old glass workshops on the Venetian island of Murano. While the company’s 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 Giò Ponti, Massimo Vignelli, Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala, Thomas Stearnsof the United States and Fulvio Bianconi. 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 took over the company as his own in 1925, and under his direction it produced mainly classical Baroque designs. In 1932, he 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). 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’s masterworks are considered by many to be his Pezzato works — colorful vases with patterns that resemble those of a patchwork quilt. Other 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. With these works — and many others by some of the creative titans of the 20th and 21st century — Venini has produced one of the truly great bodies of work in modern design.
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