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Venetians

Venetians

Silvered Copper Piccolo Venetian with Gilded Jet Coil, 2009, 22 x 8 x 8"

An eclectic take on classics

An unlikely marriage of formality and unrestrained exuberance, Venetians began as an experiment by Chihuly and Italian maestro glassblower Lino Tagliapietra. At the core of the Venetians is a classical vessel, with wildly flamboyant attachments like snaky handles, leaves, and twisted coils and ribbons.

Silvered Venetian with Emerald Flowers

Silvered Venetian with Emerald Flowers, 2012, 17 x 16 x 16"

Silvered Venetian with Cerulean Blue Flowers

Silvered Venetian with Cerulean Blue Flowers, 2011, 29 x 16 x 15"

Mottled Pink Mist Venetian with Golden Olive Leaves

Mottled Pink Mist Venetian with Golden Olive Leaves, 2002, 29 x 15 x 13"

Slate Blue Spotted Lime Venetian with Silvered Coils

Slate Blue Spotted Lime Venetian with Silvered Coils, 2002, 27 x 17 x 14"

White Venetian with Opaline Flowers

White Venetian with Opaline Flowers, 2010, 39 x 10 x 10"

Lapis and Gold Venetian with Red and Gold Leaves

Lapis and Gold Venetian with Red and Gold Leaves, 1989, 23 x 9 x 6"

SEE THE PROCESS

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“I started the series with the simple idea of replicating these strange Art Deco vases, but I hoped that it would go somewhere else, somewhere bizarre.”

–Chihuly

Martin Blank, Lino Tagliapietra, Chihuly, and Benjamin Moore, Van de Kamp Building, Seattle, 1988

Tradition with a twist

Inspired by Italian glass of the Art Deco period, Chihuly teamed up with Italian maestro glassblower Lino Tagliapietra. He wanted to take traditional methods to another level, seeing what serendipity might come with the addition of free-spirited spontaneity.

Dale Chihuly, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California, 1989

Daydreaming on paper

Chihuly typically drew what he wanted Tagliapietra to create, starting with watercolor and graphite sketches of classical forms with several handles. When he switched to charcoal, the drawings became bolder and the pieces more extreme: “Handles changed to knots, prunts became claws, colors went from subtle to bright, and forms from symmetrical to asymmetrical.”

SEE THE PROCESS: PICCOLO VENETIANS

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Silvered Piccolo Venetian with Turquoise Twisting Coils

Silvered Piccolo Venetian with Turquoise Twisting Coils, 2009, 21 x 8 x 8"

Pale Olive Piccolo Venetian with Red Green Leaves

Pale Olive Piccolo Venetian with Red Green Leaves, 2000, 12 x 6 x 6"

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