Dale Chihuly

Three Piece Cobalt Blue Seaform Set with Red Lip Wraps


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Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Three Piece Cobalt Blue Seaform Set with Red Lip Wraps
Medium: Handblown glass
Size: 5x8x11"
Inscription: Signed / dated
Year: 1996
Condition: Museum quality
Documentation: Includes Gallery Certificate of Authenticity

This cobalt blue, three piece Seaform set is extremely unique and hard to define since it exhibits qualities from many of Dale Chihuly's most famous series: It shares the dappled, spotted signature of his Macchia series, the physical layout and orientation of his Basket series, and the shape and design techniques from his Seaform series. This combination of disparate styles makes this piece an all-in-one veritable highlight reel of Dale Chihuly's greatest hits. Above all else, even the stunning beauty of his glass art, Dale Chihuly is best known for his innovation. This three piece cobalt Seaform set gives us a snapshot of what that creative process looks like, as he experiments with new techniques and combines a variety of aesthetic influences into a cohesive finished product. The vibrant cobalt blue and contrasting red lip wraps and the type of bold, saturated color pairings that have exemplified Dale Chihuly's modern era glass art. This three piece cobalt Seaform set is signed by the artist and comes with a gallery certificate of authenticity.

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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