Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Mango Basket with teal Lip Wrap
Medium: Hand Blown Glass
Signed: Inscribed and dated by Chihuly
Provenance: Gallery Certificate
Condition: Museum Quality Condition
Deceptive in its simplicity, the basket series is not only Dale Chihuly's first major series, but it's also the one launched his career as a fine artist. In this 2000 Mango Basket with Teal Lip Wrap, we see the timeless elements of this first series combined with the vibrant color pallet which has come to define Chihuly's modern era work. Although the basket series is the oldest, the simple and organic forms are aesthetically the most modern. The free flowing, bulbous shape and contrasting lip color are exactly what we've come to expect form Chihuly, and this fine example speaks volumes about the breadth and depth of the artist's illustrious career. Dale Chihuly's Mango Basket with Teal Lip Wrap is signed by the artist and comes with a gallery certificate of authenticity.
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.