Sorriso vase (The smile) (model 424.01), Fulvio Bianconi, Venini Murano (Italy)
Sorriso is the result of the last series of vases designed by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini at the end of the 80s.
It is a mouth-blown glass vase, on which is applied a milk-white smile with red lips.
The body of the vase is itself made of crystal clear glass.
The model came in two sizes, almost similar in size but different in diameter. It was produced until the early 2000s (Our copy produced in 1993) and bore the reference 424.01.
The vase is in very good condition, bears its original plastic label and is signed with a diamond point "venini 93 Fulvio Bianconi"
At the end of the 1980s Fulvio Bianconi returned to Venini for which he designed several series of pieces. "Epipedos", but also "La Donna" two very pretty "sommerso" vases, These "sorriso" vases of which we present several color variants but also the "ritagli " vase which has met with great commercial success and which is still available. Venini catalog to date.
Designer: Fulvio Bianconi
Dimensions: Height: 9 3/4inch - 24,5cms
Diameter : 3 2/4inch - 9cms
Markings: Signed in script with diamond point Venini Fulvio Bianconi 93
+ plastic label "Venini
Murano Made in Italy"
“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…