Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Earth Persian Set, 9 Piece Set, 1989
Hand-blown glass Signed and dated on the top of the pistil-like form
Size of the largest piece: 29.25 x 23 x 12 inches
Certificate of Authenticity included An elegant expression of form and color, the Persian series represents an experimental direction in the art of Dale Chihuly.
First developed in 1986, it reflects notions of Venice, and the Near and Far East, embodying both past and present. With these works, Chihuly broke new ground in the ancient technique of glass blowing. An assembly of unforeseen forms executed in iridescent colors, Persians are celebrated for their unrestrained motion and energy.
The undulating form of these delicate vessels is highlighted with fine contrasting stripes of colors, which Chihuly describes as the body wrap. Through a highly delicate technique, which is the result of the genius originality and remarkable craftsmanship, molten glass bubbles are transformed into unusual whirling shapes of exquisite beauty and grace. While sets of two or three Persians are relatively common, a nine-piece set is remarkably special, exquisitely rare and, thus, highly collectible.
This impressive set is comprised of five shell forms, two flat panel forms with undulating edges, one rattle-like form and one pistil-like form, all tied together into a harmonious composition. The smaller forms are delicately placed into larger shells, creating a floating-like effect. Each piece is wound with a sinuous body wrap of golden amber and blue, rippling from the center towards the composition’s outer rims. The scalloped edges are embellished with a contrasting lip-wrap, further highlighting vessels’ soft, undulating vivacity.
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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.