Ref : D01_03

Harlequin with pezzato costume by Fulvio Bianconi – Venini – Murano Italy

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Artist: Fulvio Bianconi Manufacturer: Venini Murano
Period: 1950’s You should know: Very good condition.
Dimensions (cm): 
Height: 14.25 in. (36,2 cm)| Width: 4.50 in. (11,5 cm)| Depth: 3 in. (7,5 cm)
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About Harlequin with pezzato costume by Fulvio Bianconi

Harlequin with pezzato costume by Fulvio Bianconi is made of lattimo glass (white opaque glass). He is wearing a black hat embellished by a white feather. His costume is made through the pezzato technique and has a “Parigi” (Paris) colour variation.  The figurine stands on an irregular base made of lattimo as well. This series includes 5 different shapes of Harlequins. It has been designed by Fulvio Bianconi around 1953-1954. The figurines using the pezzato and murrine techniques are the rarest. On one hand they’re very difficult to produce and on the other hand their cost is relatively high. Known as model 4287 in Venini archives, our figurine is in excellent condition and extremely well executed. The exactness of the garment, the delicacy of the figurine's legs and the movement of Harlequin's blouse are remarkable; it is a work that only the masters of Venini could provide at the time. This figurine appears to be unsigned, which is often the case with this type of piece. 

Fulvio Bianconi joined Venini in 1946 through a company he was asked to design perfume bottles. He thereby met Paolo Venini and they became friends.  Figurines have a great importance in Bianconi’s work. In the artist’s opinion, they’re an excellent way to express joy through the combination of various techniques and interesting colours. Fulvio Bianconi was a cheerful man and this personality trait is noticeable through his glass work which represented a turning point in the production of Murano glass after the Second World War.