Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Clear Oval Vase with Yellow Stripes
Medium: Hand Blown Glass
Dimensions: 10" x 7" x 7"
Year: c. 1970s
Documentation: Includes gallery certificate of authenticity and certified third-party appraisal from FOSS Appraisal Service
Throughout his career, Dale Chihuly experimented with new breakthroughs in color, form, and technique. During the 1970s, the glass art he created was more standard in shape than what we come to see later. In addition to his more typical Cylinders series, he also created many standard-looking, symmetrical vessels like this clear glass vase with yellow threads. Although the 70s primarily feature traditional forms, Chihuly explored innovation in technique and color application. Through glass shard drawings, colored threads, and striped applications, Chihuly's pushed the boundaries of what was thought possible in the world of glass art. The clear background allows the stripe detail to take center stage and highlights the artist's innovative technical advancement.
Dale Chihuly's oval clear glass vase with yellow stripes is not signed, as is common for his works during this time. The work does include a gallery certificate of authenticity as well as a certified third-party appraisal from FOSS Appraisal Service listing the replacement value for this work as $20,000.
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.