Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Turquoise Basket Set with Cobalt Blue Lip Wrap
Medium: Handblown glass
Size: 7 ½’ x 11” x 11” ; 3 ¾” x 4” x 4 ¾”; 4” x 4” x 4”
Inscription: Signed “Chihuly 92” on one of the smaller baskets
Condition: Very good condition with no flaws
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.
Directly inspired by a visit to the History Museum at the Washington State Historical Society, specifically the Northwest Coast Indian baskets on display, Chihuly began his series Baskets in 1977. These new works explored how fire, gravity, and centrifugal force worked together to create a beautiful vessel. They were a new way for him to produce asymmetrical glassworks. Each piece in the series has multiple baskets grouped, with the smaller pieces nested inside larger wide-mouth ones.
Turquoise Basket Set with Cobalt Blue Lip Wrap belongs to Chihuly’s second major series, Baskets. Inspired by the beauty of Native American weaving and basketry, the artwork captures the grace of slumped and sagging forms with thin, transparent, and undulating walls. The cool colors of turquoise and cobalt intermixed with various tones of green and blue speckles create a visually harmonious palette.
Turquoise Basket Set with Cobalt Blue Lip Wrap includes a gallery certificate of authenticity. One of the smaller baskets is signed “Chihuly 92.” Furthermore, the artwork is in very good condition with no flaws.
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.