Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Green Glass Set of 6
Medium: Handblown glass vase
Inscription: Signed by artist
Size: Approximately 6" high, 3" diameter
Condition: Museum quality
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Price: $8,950 for the entire set of 6
This is a rare and exciting opportunity to own one of Dale Chihuly's early works. This set of 6 green handblown glasses from the 1970s were originally purchased at the barn at Stanwood farms. At that time, Chihuly was selling more practical, utilitarian glass pieces there to earn money while he explored the more artistic side of glass blowing. Stanwood Farms was located directly west of the historic and iconic Pilchuck, across highway 5. Chihuly was known to visit General store that was in front of Stanwood farms to get an advance on his earnings from the owner, and he often gifted the the general store owner glass when he would stop in. This set of glassware is a unique chance to own a piece of history from early in Chihuly's career. The glasses are individually appraised by an ISA certified appraiser for $1800 each ($10,800 for the set of 6.) The set includes a gallery certificate of authenticity as well as the appraisal.
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.