Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Wild Poppy Persian Set
Medium: Hand Blown Glass
Inscription: Signed "Chihuly" and inscribed "PP 11"
Size: 7" x 10 1/2" x 10 1/2"
Condition: Very good quality with no flaws
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Dale Chihuly's Persians show off the artist's eye for detail and unparalleled creative and technical abilities as the world's foremost glass artist. Chihuly's Persians were first showcased at the Louvre’s Musee des Art Decoratifs in 1986. Critics and museum-goers alike were blown away by the new and unique glass structures pioneered by Chihuly, which were like nothing they had seen before. The Persians were described in the exhibition catalogue as “new possibilities from the blowpipe.” At the time of the Louvre show, the series was still untitled. “In the beginning, the Persians had to do with the contrast between two colors ... between open and closed forms ... and the intensity of the body wraps,” Chihuly has recalled. (“Body wrap” is Chihuly’s term for the stripe of color applied to the body of a piece.) Soon, the early Persians’ color-saturated, contrasting body wraps were seen by the artist as alternately “Persian,” “Byzantine,” and “minaret-like,” almost “Persian and Roman too.” More interested in the East than the West, Chihuly liked the sound of the word “Persian,” the associations it inspired, and the series found a name.
Chihuly's "Wild Poppy Persian" features vibrant orange and gold tones with a contrasting bright blue lip. The piece is signed "Chihuly" and marked "PP 11." It 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.