Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Cobalt Blue Basket with Black Threads
Medium: Hand Blown Glass
Dimensions: 5" x 6" x 5 1/2"
Inscription: Signed and dated "Chihuly 94"
Documentation: Includes gallery certificate of authenticity
Striking in its simplicity and bold color choice, Dale Chihuly's 1994 Cobalt basket with black threads exemplifies his modern-era glass art. Cobalt has become a signature color of Chihuly, showing up in countless iterations throughout the 90s and 2000s, most notably in his 1994 Cobalt Blue Basket with Cadmium Red Lip Wrap Portland Press Edition Series. This iteration is similar to his Portland Press version, but this piece is punctuated with black thread details instead of the contrasting lip wrap. The thread details pay homage to the earlier part of Chihuly's career when thread wraps were often used. Chihuly's modern-era works are often recognized for their multitude of colors, but this almost single-colored cobalt work is a deliberately pared-back approach that underscores the iconic basket shape's modernity.
Dale Chihuly's Cobalt basket with black threads is signed and dated "Chihuly 94" by the artist and includes 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.