A master glassmaker catalogued
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Scozzese vase in transparent sapphire glass decorated with three horizontal red bands integrated into the wall. 1954–57. Private collection.
FULVIO BIANCONI AT VENINI – "the first 'catalogue raisonné' of the Venetian glass maker who revolutionised this art. Of interest to glass experts and amateurs as well as art and design lovers"
Graphic artist, illustrator and designer, Fulvio Bianconi (Padua, 1915 - Milan, 1996) was associated with the glassworks of Paulo Venini with which he established a strong working relationship during the 1950s, leading to the creation of the series of highly coloured Murano glass pieces encapsulating the enthusiasm and tastes of that period. In the 60s - 90s Bianconi renewed his association and designed several other series.
This enormous tome of some 500 pages is edited by Marino Barovier, Venetian author and curator, himself from one of the most ancient families of Murano glassblowers who is regarded as one of the leading experts of the craft. He was assisted in this work by researcher Carla Sonego, specialist in the historic archive of Venini.
So the outcome of this collaboration of expertise is a volume based mostly on unpublished material coming from the Venini historical archives. A hardback containing 1,389 colour illustrations – vases, bowls, figureens and much more – and you will need a strong arm to lift it!
Fulvio Bianconi at Venini, Skira, ISBN 978-88-572-3008-5 Price £ 50