Dale Chihuly Original Massive Carmine Macchia with Navy Lip Wrap, 62K appraisal


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Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Carmine Macchia
Medium: Handblown glass
Size: 21'' x 28'' x 33''
Year: 2000
Condition: Very good condition overall, please request a full report for condition details
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity and ISA certified appraisal

At 21'' x 28'' x 33'', Dale Chihuly's 2000 Carmine Macchia is one of the largest ever produced for private sale. It's been said that Dale Chihuly was inspired to use all 300 colors in his hot shop in the creation of his Macchia series, and the multi-colored exterior of the Macchia is a masterful execution of his vision. The muted rainbow of exterior color contrasts nicely with the simple navy lip wrap and bright interior. Around the year 2000, Chihuly began transitioning to what would later come to define his modern era work. Featuring bright, saturated colors and graphic detailing, his modern era work was a departure from his previous works containing a more muted color pallet and nuanced, delicate detailing. The Carmine Macchia highlights many transitional elements, combining an intricate and explorative exterior emblematic of his classic works with a graphic lip wrap and bright interior more in line with his modern era work. Dale Chihuly's Carmine Macchia is not signed, but does come with a gallery certificate of authenticity and an ISA certified appraisal report appraising the piece for $62,000. The piece has also has complete record of provenance from the time it was purchased from Chihuly studio is 2000.

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.

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