Red blown glass Mermaid (model 4205), Fulvio Bianconi, Venini Murano (Italy)
Vase in the shape of a headless female figure, her arms are raised slightly back. The vase is in red glass paste and the whole is iridescent, the iridescence is irregular.
In the early 1950s, Fulvio Bianconi imagined a series of blown glass art objects representing marine subjects, mermaids, fish and whales.
Some examples were exhibited in 1950 in Stockholm during the "Venini" exhibition at the Nordiska Kompaniet but also between 1950 and 1953 during the traveling exhibition "Italy at work" in the USA.
This sculpture is in very good condition and is signed with the acid stamp "venini murano italia".
A very rare artefact by Bianconi. Manufactured around 1950.
Provenance: Bukoswkis auktioner, Sale number 598, 25 April 2017, lot 21.
Designer: Fulvio Bianconi
Acid signed in 3 lines "venini murano italia"
Dimensions: Height: 10 in. - 25.5cms
Depth : 2 1/4 in. - 5,4cms
Width 2 1/4 in. - 10cms
“Heaven help you if you start up with glass, if you do, it will never go out of you”
Graphic artist, illustrator and later designer Fulvio Bianconi was born In Padue in 1915.
Fulvio has a strong predisposition for drawing and attended courses at the Academy of fine Arts in Venice. He lived from childhood in Venice itself.
In the middle of the thirties, he moved to Milan to work as a graphic designer and illustrator.
Bianconi had first contacts with Venini in 1946 when he was in charge to find a manufacture to produce Perfume bottles. He met then Poalo Venini and they built a very strong relationship.
It was the beginning of the fifties and the firms had to choice between starting new designs or continue to produce classic shapes.
Paolo and Fulvio decided to concentrate themselves on new designs…