139. Dale Chihuly
Clear Ultramarine Blue Basket With Black Lip Wrap and Threading (1998)
Signed and dated 98 in etch underneath
Handblown glass, H. 10.8 cm
– Collection Barbara Vaessen, acquired directly from the artist
– Acquired from the above by the present owner (2000)
This present lot comes from the collection of Barbara Vaessen, who was a student of Dale Chihuly, the American glassblower and sculptor who is widely regarded as one of the best-known contemporary glass artists. Chihuly was introduced to glass for the first time while studying interior design at the University of Washington. After enrolling in the Nation's first glass program at the University of Wisconsin, Chihuly established the glass program at the Rhode Island School of Design. Through Pilchuck Glass School, which he co-founded, he has led in the development of glassblowing as a studio art and has been instrumental in creating a broader contemporary interest in glass as an expressive medium. His work is included in more than 200 museum collections worldwide, and he has been the recipient of many awards, including twelve honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.