Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Pink and Teal Venetian Ikebana Vase
Medium: Handblown glass
Size: 43” x 24” x 15”
Inscription: Signed and dated on bottom
Condition: Museum quality
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
Dale Chihuly’s ambitious, mold-breaking Venetian series exemplifies why he is considered the foremost pioneer of glass art. Through the combination of traditional glass blown vessels with modern, organic appendages, Dale Chihuly created a new type of sculpture and forced audiences to re-consider the perceived boundaries of glass art yet again. The striking teal and pink colors of this Venetian Vase add another element of modernity that help make this piece distinctly Chihuly. Although the accoutrements of Chihuly’s Venetians vary widely, this particular work features two of the best known: The twisted coil and the flower. A true Chihuly aficionado will also notice the Macchia like detailing of the vessel, with its spotted pattern. This unexpected element makes this piece a crossover of sorts; a veritable highlight reel of Dale Chihuly’s greatest hits. Not only is this venetian unique in its styling, but it's also historically important; as it was blown by Dale Chihuly in conjunction with Lino Tagliapietra shortly before he left Chihuly Studios, and as such, is one of the very last Venetian Ikebanas created. Chihuly’s Pink and Teal Venetian Vase is signed by the artist and comes with a gallery certificate of authenticity.
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.