These rare, all-white Lattimo candlesticks correspond to Venini drawing # 2745, and we can attribute the design to Fulvio Bianconi as they are of a 1950s production, and the Lattimo material is the same used by Bianconi in his famous series of Commedia dell’Arte figures.

Catalog for a Bianconi exhibition of sculpture at the Galleria del Cavalino, 1949

As with many of Venini’s artistic directors, Bianconi worked on innovative designs for lighting and tableware. Indeed, these candlesticks are closer in spirit to sculpture than utilitarian objects, but such was Bianconi’s temperament and sensibility as a designer.

Fulvio Bianconi 1915–1996

Born in Padua in 1915, Fulvio Bianconi initially rose to prominence as an illustrator, graphic designer and caricaturist working for Italy’s top companies during the 1930s. Designing for big names like Fiat, Pathé and Pirelli, Bianconi employed his passion for drawing as the creative mind behind one of Italy’s most prestigious publishing houses, Garzanti for over 30 years. However, it is perhaps his post-war collaboration with Paolo Venini and experimentation with glass which best defines his legacy as an artist.

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