Dale Chihuly | Studio editions
Each Studio Edition is hand-blown, signed by Dale Chihuly and comes with a custom-designed Plexiglas vitrine with a black base. Purchase of a Studio Edition also includes a beautiful book describing the series to which it belongs — the Fiori, Persians, Seaforms, Macchia or Baskets.
"Brandywine Macchia", 2013, Handblown Studio Edition glass, approx. 11 inches wide, $7,100 US
The Brandywine Macchia illustrates Chihuly’s passion for color. The base element, golden-colored on the outside, features a gently rolled lip exposing the deep purple interior of the Macchia. Flecks of blue and red along the exterior and a rich teal lip wrap add further contrast and dimension capturing the sculpture’s graceful undulations. The intricately detailed interior element extends the intimate dialogue between color and form that is at the heart of this work.
"Cinnabar Basket", 2013, Handblown Studio Edition glass, Approx. 6 inches tall, $4,600 US
The 2013 Cinnabar Basket reveals the elegant simplicity and classic form exemplified in this series. Thin, striated black lines articulate the asymmetry of the spherical vessel, while the burnished red backdrop is accentuated by a constellation of black and yellow spots. Combined, these characteristics bring a balance of form that is both inviting and expressive.
"Chartreuse Persian Pair", 2013, Handblown Studio Edition glass, approx. 11 inches wide, $6,100 US
The "Chartreuse Persian Pair" couples the artist’s studied understanding of colour with his organic sense of form. The large open element has a transparent citrus green edge with a vibrant red lip wrap, which accentuates the sculpture’s scallops, spines, and swells. A pomegranate-coloured element blooms from inside the piece, bringing a brilliant touch of colour to this strikingly unique work.
"Saffron Seaform Pair", 2013, handblown glass, approx 9 inches across, $5,600 US
Animated and complex, the Saffron Seaform Pair is a fluent example of Chihuly’s Seaform series. A thin crimson body wrap is skillfully applied to each piece of this two-part composition, providing a vivid juxtaposition to the rich honeyed yellow. This contrast extends the dimensional ebb and flow of the sculpture’s undulating ripples and radial design.
"White Pearl Seaform Pair", 2012, Handblown glass, approx. 9 inches wide, $6,100 US
With a refined sculptural agility, the 2012 Studio Edition “White Pearl Seaform Pair” draws its visual strength from the dextrous balance between the elements of the composition. The twisting white body wrap laid over clear glass adds motion to the pair as if the two elements are being swept to and fro underwater. The turquoise lip wrap draws the eye outward, away from the interior’s kinetic energy, to the gentle scallop of the sculpture’s outer edges. Together the two elements correspond with a poised elegance.
"Scarlet Leaf Ikebana", 2012, Handblown glass, approx. 11 inches tall, $7,600 US
The 2012 Studio Edition “Scarlet Leaf Ikebana” is a two-piece composition that illustrates the simple elegance of this Chihuly series. Patches of silver and gold and opaline spots adorn the amber vessel, establishing an elemental ground for a graceful, coiling stemmed leaf. The scarlet leaf, ribbed and touched with discreet streaks of gold, emerges from the vase with a seducing curved equilibrium and rests on a perfectly balanced point. The combination is one of serene rapport.
"Violet Persian Pair", 2012, Handblown glass, approx. 11 inches wide, $6,600 US
The 2012 Studio Edition “Violet Persian Pair”, a dramatic two-piece composition, unfolds in a swirling wave of plush aubergine. Against this dense colour, a tonal body wrap emphasizes the sculpture’s lyrical swells, which culminate in a contrasting green lip wrap. The smaller, cone-shaped element draws the dialogue of colour and form into the interior of the composition. Its twisting body unfurls into a verdant green that brings a luminosity to the Persian’s epicenter.
"Aqua Blue Macchia", 2012, Handblown glass, approx. 6 inches wide, $5,100 US
Cool turquoise meets mischievous orange in the 2012 Studio Edition “Aqua Blue Macchia”. Deep indigo “jimmies,” small chips of coloured glass, are scattered across the turquoise exterior, adding depth and dimension. The ripples and folds of the graceful slumping form are induced by gravity and further emphasize the dynamic orange core of the Macchia. A chartreuse lip wrap accentuates the unique colour palette of the piece.
For additional information on these or Studio Editions from previous years, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photocredit: David Emery