Dale Chihuly Original 1968 Handblown Glass Bowl Contemporary Art


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Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Untitled
Medium: Hand Blown Glass
Size: 11" x 9 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Year: 1968
Inscription: Signed and dated "Chihuly 68"
Condition: Very good condition overall, please request a full report for condition details
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity

The American glass sculptor Dale Chihuly is well-known for his innovative techniques for creating handblown glass sculptures. His glass practice is a departure from traditional symmetrical and perfectly formed vessels. Instead, his works embrace asymmetry and irregular shapes to create unique sculptural forms.

Untitled is an early Chihuly piece, most likely created while the artist was a Fulbright Fellow at the Venini Fabrica in Murano, Italy. During this period, Chihuly embraced the Venetian glasswork method of collaborative work. Furthermore, inspired by the architectural glassworks at the Czechoslovak pavilion by Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, Chihuly had started incorporating neon, argon, and blown glass in his practice. His early glassworks were subdued and became bolder and more colorful as he explored new glassblowing techniques and methods. This early bowl shows his initial monochromatic and muted earth-toned palette. The irregular-shaped vessel also highlights his interest in asymmetry, form, and interaction with light.

Untitled includes a gallery certificate of authenticity. The work is dated and signed with “Chihuly 68.” Furthermore, the artwork is in very good condition overall. Please request a full report for condition details.

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.

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