Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Mille Fiori IV
Medium: Handblown glass
Size: 66 x 38-1/2 x 36 inches
Condition: Slight surface damage to wood base and minor flaking to the tip of one glass element
Documentation: Documented in Dale Chihuly "Mille Fiori" book
One of the most impressive attributes of Dale Chihuly's art is that it can impress at any size: From small, table sized bowls to massive installations, each piece is rendered with modern artistry and an unmatched eye for detail. Chihuly's Mille Fiori IV is for those that prefer their Chihuly glass on a massive scale. In this larger than life format, you can see the unparalleled details of Chihuly's work up close. The organic curving lines mimic the lines of nature, and the saturated bright green colors are emblematic of Chihuly's modern era work. Italian for "thousands of flowers," Mille Fiori IV is comprised of 4 unique handblown glass elements on a wood base. This Installation was originally created for and shown at Marlborough Gallery. There are countless display options, and Mille Fiori IV looks particularly good in a garden setting or with directional overhead lighting. The piece is in good condition overall, with some slight surface damage to the wood base and minor flaking at the top of one glass element. Like most of Dale Chihuly's large scale installation pieces, Mille Fiori is not individually signed by the artist, but can be documented via the artist's "Mille Fiori" book and corroborated by the original gallery display. Mille Fiori IV also comes with a gallery certificate or authenticity from Modern Artifact.
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.