Dale Chihuly

Dale Chihuly 1978 Shell Pink Basket with Marigold Spots Signed Hand Blown Glass

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Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Shell Pink Basket with Marigold Spots
Medium: Hand Blown Glass
Dimensions: 7" X 9" X 7 1/2"
Year: 1978
Inscription: Signed and dated "Chihuly '78"
Documentation: Includes gallery certificate of authenticity

The 1970s were a time of fantastic innovation for Dale Chihuly. He began the decade with his traditionally composed glass cylinders, before experimenting with gravitational pull in first his Soft cylinders and later his Baskets series. He also experimented with color application techniques, including the use of threads, the insertion of glass shard drawings, as well as hashmark and stripe detailing.

In Dale Chihuly's 1979 Shell Pink Basket with Marigold Spots, we see the artist explore several new ideas that are precurses to future series. The spotted color application and the line detailing near the lip foreshadow his Machias series.

Dale Chihuly's 1979 Shell Pink Basket with Marigold Spots is signed "Chihuly '78" and comes with a gallery certificate of authenticity.

About Dale Chihuly

One of the most famous contemporary glass artists in the world, Dale Chihuly is best known for his monumental sculptures and installations. He is the name behind the spectacular ceiling at the Bellagio’s flower garden in Las Vegas and the creator of the Rotunda Chandelier at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Glass works of Dale Chihuly are considered some of the most desired collectibles between the decorative arts devotees today.

Despite his initial indifference towards education, Chihuly has spent a lot of time in school, obtaining both scientific and artistic degree in sculpture from prestigious graduate schools. He displayed a proclivity for interior design and craft early on, but his true passion was always in the glass. He was a Fulbright Fellow in the late 1960s and an apprentice at the Venini Glass Factory in Venice. Mastering the art of Murano glasswork, he continued the experiments with glassblowing and thus became one of the people who brought the ancient art of glassblowing back into the spotlight on an international scale.

Monumental and small-scale artwork of Dale Chihuly is present in over 200 most renowned decorative art collections today, while the artist holds twelve honorary doctorates!

The most illustrious series in his work are Cylinders and Baskets he created in the 1970s; Macchia, Venetians, and Persians from the 1980s, Niijima Floats and Chandeliers created in the 1990s; and a more recent one, Fiori from the 2000s.

For over 30 years, Dale Chihuly has been acting as an artistic director of his team of craftsmen, since he was incapacitated in two accidents, which left him blind in one eye and incapable of holding the blowing tube. This change allowed him to see the possibilities of glass work on a broader scale, while still maintaining his recognizable style.

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