Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Yellow Macchia Series Prototype
Medium: Handblown Glass
Size: 9.25" x 10" x 8.5"
Inscription: Inscribed "Chihuly PP04"
Year: Circa 2004
Condition: Very good condition overall, please request condition report for full details
Includes gallery certificate of authenticity and AAA certified appraisal
This Dale Chihuly Yellow Macchia is a rare opportunity to own an unpublished, one-of-a-kind Chihuly studios series prototype. The studio would make several experimental prototypes before selecting one to put into a series, and since this piece was not the selected series piece it is a unique original piece that is not part of any edition. This example has all the hallmarks of a modern era Chihuly Macchia, including the vibrant, saturated yellow interior, multi-colored, spotted exterior, and bright, contrasting lip wrap. The piece was signed "Chihuly PP04" in preparation for it to become a possible 2004 Portland Press studio series. The date the piece was actually created is unknown. This Dale Chihuly Yellow Macchia Series Prototype was independently appraised at $8,5000 by an AAA certified appraiser and comes with a gallery certificate of authenticity.
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.