Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Prototype Tiffany & Co Sample Ring
Medium: Handblown glass Ring
Size: 1.75"H x 1.25"W
Condition: Museum quality
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
This one of a kind, never released Dale Chihuly created ring was created for a possible collaboration with Tiffany & Co. Intended to be part of an artist line featuring designs from Frank Gerry, Paloma Picasso, Elsa Paretti, this cocktail ring was design by Dale Chihuly to combine the modern aesthetics of his glass art with the timeless jewelry Tiffany & Co. is famous for. The ring itself is made of pure silver, and the blue stone is made of glass created in Bullseye Studio out of Portland, Oregon out of a the Chihuly J-Cylinder series. The glass used is blue glass neodymium, a dichroic that shows as two different colors depending on the light ranging from blue to lavender. The form of the blue glass is classic Chihuly, with its organic form and vibrant color. Dale Chihuly partnered with WJD Jewelry on the concept and design. As the jewelry line partnership was never launched, this ring is the only piece of Dale Chihuly jewelry to ever reach the market. It is a unique opportunity for the Chihuly enthusiast to own a piece history, as well as a unique opportunity to be able to wear a piece of Chihuly glass art. Modern Artifact will guarantee the authenticity of this one of a kind Dale Chihuly piece with a certificate of authenticity. Additionally, we can put you in touch with former members of Dale Chihuly team that worked alongside him in the development of this ring if additional authentication is requested.
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.