Wall Sconce (USA), 1996
Dale Chihuly is, arguably, the most recognizable name in the American studio glass movement. Rather approaching each piece as a solitary glass blower, he employs teams of artisans to work the glass. This innovative approach to production has enabled Chihuly to escalate the size of his glass installations to the monumental. Since the 1970s, Chihuly has developed a distinctive vocabulary of glass forms and colors while continuing to innovate through his numerous public and private commissions. His works have taken over public spaces as diverse as The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and the Tower of David in Jerusalem, and have brought an increased interest to glass as both a decorative and functional medium.
The pair of fully-functional electric sconces under consideration was commissioned by the donor for her own home in 1996. This unique provenance means that the collection would receive not only the work of one of the recognized masters of American glassmaking, but also a rare example of Chihuly’s work for private commissions in the decorative arts.
At the time of proposed acquisition, the museum’s collection includes one example of Chihuly’s work, the Seaform group, acquired in 1984. Because this pair of sconces represents a different form, vocabulary, and period of Chihuly’s work, they would broaden our current Chihuly holdings and would greatly enhance the museum’s glass collection.
This object was
It is credited
Gift of Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel.
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Its dimensions are
Approximate 69.9 x 49.5 x 31.8 cm (27 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.)
Cite this object as
Wall Sconce (USA), 1996; blown glass, metal; Approximate 69.9 x 49.5 x 31.8 cm (27 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.); Gift of Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel; 2007-31-1