Dale Chihuly

Ombre Purple Venetian Vase Signed Handblown Glass Contemporary Art


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Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Ombre Purple Venetian Vase
Medium: Handblown glass
Size: 28 1/2" x 14" x 12 1/2"
Inscription: Etched signature and date 'Chihuly 11'
Year: 2011
Condition: Museum quality
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity

While all of Dale Chihuly's glass art showcases his unmatched artistry, this ombre purple venetian vase also showcases his incredible technical mastery. The extremely ambitious technique used to create the ombre shading is executed perfectly. The shape of the vase and the detailing of the coils and flowers are exactly what we've come to expect from the Chihuly venetian series, while the color choice offers a unique milky opacity at the bottom of the vase rarely seen among Chihuly's work. The gold band detailing at the top and bottom of the vase and the La Donna shape pay homage to the classical roots of the venetian form that inspired Chihuly and nicely juxtapose the modern color pallet and freeform, organic shapes of the appendages. This piece has a retail price of $65,000. Dale Chihuly's ombre purple venetian vase has an etched signature, 'Chihuly 11,' and comes with a certificate of 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.

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