Dale Chihuly - Tango Red Persian Set
2-piece set, Handblown Glass
Sold out Portland Press Studio Edition
Dimensions: 7 1/2" x 12 x 12"
Inscription: Inscribed "Chihuly PP04" (for Portland Press 2004)
Condition: Excellent condition overall, please request a condition report for full details
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity
In 1986, at the very beginning, the “Persians” series was an experiment. It started out as an artistic search for new, exotic forms, an exploration of the expressive world inspired by the mystical Orient. As Dale Chihuly’s visions evolved over the years, it became clear that “Persians” are there to embody the vivid potential of color, poured over undulating, dainty shapes resemblant of swaying silk.
Oriental art and culture inspired Dale Chihuly to embark on an artistic journey exploring novel shapes, forms and colors in 1986. Exotic combinations of hues, translucent tactility and mystical elegance gave birth to “Persians”, one of the most popular glass series he created. As one of the most prolific bodies of work, “Persian” glasswork evolved over time while its chromatic potential, gentle wavy lines and refined figures came out as its principal qualities.
An epitome of the iconic nuance, the “Tango Red Persian Set” of two glass pieces belongs to a Portland Press studio edition from 2004, created during one of the most artistically successful periods for the series. A splendor of red, the set became quite popular with collectors and the edition is now sold out, only available through the secondary market. An expected contrast Chihuly gifts his artworks is found between the deep carmine nuance that changes into a sunrise-like translucent color towards the base and the opaque turquoise lip wrap that seems to oddly accentuate the warmth of the red.
Tango Red Persian Set is approximately twelve inches high, hand blown and signed by Dale Chihuly.
The piece comes in professional, safe packaging. Certificate of Authenticity included.
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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. Glasswork 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 degrees 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 glasswork on a much broader scale, while still maintaining his recognizable style.