Artist: Dale Chihuly
Title: Violet Gray Two Piece Persian Set with Indian Yellow Lip Wraps
Medium: Original Hand blown Glass
Size: Large Piece is 12” long X 6 1/2” deep X 6” high; Small Piece is 7” long X 4” deep X 3 1/2” high
Signed: Signed and dated
This original, 1992 two piece Persian set features an extremely rare color pallet rarely seen among Chihuly's work. Although the coloring is officially labeled "Violet Gray" by Chihuly's studio, the piece actually features a range of colors including blues, purples, greens, oranges, and yellows. The "Indian Yellow" lip and spiraling body wraps are a vibrant orange yellow that contrasts nicely with the cooler tones near the edges of the piece. This Violet Gray set is more substantial than some of Chihuly's other Persians, with a thickness more comparable to the artist's Macchia series. Chihuly's Persian series first debuted at the Louvre in Paris in 1986, where they were applauded for their innovative shapes. This 1992 Persian set shows the continued evolution of the Persians through its unusual color pallet and overlap of elements from other Chihuly series. This two piece violet gray Persian 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.