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Dale Chihuly Blown Glass Macchia Vase on Stand

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Dale Patrick Chihuly (American, born 1941)
Untitled (from the Macchia series), late 20th century
Blown glass sculptural vessel

A sculptural vessel from Dale Chihuly’s Macchia series, which began when he was inspired one day to use all 300 colors in the hot shop. For these pieces, he often used one vibrant color for the interior, another color for the exterior, and a contrasting color for the lip of the vessel, then additional colors were added to the exterior, layer upon layer. The word ‘Macchia’ is Italian for spot, which Chihuly references in his speckled and kaleidoscopic design on the exterior. Known for pushing the envelope of the glass blowing process, Chihuly creates an asymmetrical form with organic undulations, which suggest movement and emphasize the molten flow of the glass medium.

Dale Patrick Chihuly was born in Tacoma, Washington and currently practices and lives within the same state. Chihuly found an interest in glass while studying interior design at the University of Wisconsin and upon graduating in 1965, attended the first glass program in the country. He continued his studies, established a glass program, and taught for more than ten years at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). It was in the late 1960s, while studying at the Veni glass factory in Venice, Italy through a Fulbright Fellowship, that Chihuly observed the team approach to blowing glass. He went on to co-found the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State in 1971. Chihuly’s works are included in over 200 museum collections worldwide.
Provenance: purchased from a Dayton Art Institue exhibit of the artist’s work in the 1990s.

  • Please note, this is an item that may be especially difficult to move and/or transport. Unless the shipping option is selected, the winner is responsible for bringing appropriate assistance, vehicle, proper materials, and any necessary tools to pickup.
  • Please note, this item is highly fragile and/or requires custom packing. Additional handling time should be expected.


- minimal scratches to the underside; nick, scratches, and abrasions to the metal base; residue present to the metal base.


26.0" W x 65.0" H x 22.0" D

- measures the sculpture and base; sculpture measures 26" W x 17" H x 22" D; base measures 16" W x 48" H x 16" D; measurements are approximate.

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