Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Multi-Colored Macchia
Medium: Hand Blown Glass
Size: 5" high x 12 1/2" long x 8" deep
Year: c. 1982
Documenation: Includes a gallery certificate of authenticity and a certified third party appraisal from Foss Appraisal Service
It has been said that Dale Chihuly strived to use all 300 colors in his hot shop in the creation of his Macchia series. The Macchia series originated in 1981, and this very early example circa 1982. Italian for "spot," Chihuly's Macchia were nicknamed "Uglies" by his mother, due to their unexpected and sometimes strange color pairings.
While the Macchias of the modern era are known for their vibrant and beautiful colors, their experimental origin typically utilized the more muted color pallet Chihuly favored at the time. This particular multi-colored Macchia uniquely combines the muted colors or his early work with the more saturated, colorful hues he would go on to become famous for, foreshadowing what was to come.
Dale Chihuly's Multi-Colored Macchia is unsigned, but comes with a gallery certificate of authenticity and a certified third party appraisal from Foss Appraisal Service for a value of $9500.
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.