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FULVIO BIANCONI | Rare 'Sirena' Vase, model no. 4201

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  • Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
  • Rare 'Sirena' Vase, model no. 4201
  • with acid stamp venini / murano / MADE IN ITALY
  • blown iridised glass with trailed fenicio decoration in lattimo glass
  • 31 cm (12  1/8  in.)
  • circa 1950


Private collection, United Kingdom
Thence by descent


Marc Heiremans, Art Glass from Murano 1910-1970, Stuttgart, 1993, p. 270, fig. 223
Franco Deboni, VENINI GLASS: Its history, artists and techniques, Volume I, Turin, 2007, n.p. for a drawing of the model in the Venini 'Red' catalogue
Franco Deboni, VENINI GLASS: Catalogue 1921-2007, Volume II, Turin, 2007, pl. 193
Marino Barovier, ed., FULVIO BIANCONI AT VENINI, exh. cat., Le Stanze del Vetro, San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, 2015, p. 16 for a sketch from the Venini 'Black' notebook, p. 25 possibly illustrates the present lot, pp. 130, 144, 156

Catalogue Note

Fulvio Bianconi’s designs for Venini are today recognised as some of the greatest examples of 20th century post-war glass. A highly skilled illustrator and graphic designer, Bianconi’s innovative use of rich colour and expressive forms, translated to glass, were rightly described as ‘chromatic fantasies’ when exhibited at the 25th Biennale d’Arte of Venice in 1950. Not one to shy away from challenging the traditional aspects of glass making, Bianconi readily pushed his fantastical works into the realm of abstraction, from which the present model was no doubt conceived. It is one of four known ‘Sirena’ models each which vary in their form. Variants of the 'Sirena' models were exhibited at the important ‘Italy at Work’ travelling exhibition in the United States between 1950 and 1953, cementing the designer’s international reputation.