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Venetians

Venetians

Shadow Green Venetian with Blue Lightning Coils, 2002, 25 x 12 x 13"  Inquire

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 Trio of Horns, 2010 by Dale Chihuly

Silvered Venetian with Trio of Horns, 2010, 31 x 15 x 10"
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Silvered Tangerine Piccolo Venetian with Abundant Leaves, 1995 by Dale Chihuly

Silvered Tangerine Piccolo Venetian with Abundant Leaves, 1995, 11 x 7 x 6"
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Patent Yellow Venetian with Scarlet Ribbons, 2002 by Dale Chihuly

Patent Yellow Venetian with Scarlet Ribbons, 2002, 22 x 12 x 12"
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Mottled Ochre and Indigo Venetian with Prunts, 2008 by Dale Chihuly

Mottled Ochre and Indigo Venetian with Prunts, 2008, 15 x 20 x 20"
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Onyx Venetian with Gilded Leaves, 2006 by Dale Chihuly

Onyx Venetian with Gilded Leaves, 2006, 33 x 24 x 24"
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Black Venetian with Ruby Flowers, 2006 by Dale Chihuly

Black Venetian with Ruby Flowers, 2006, 30 x 13 x 15"
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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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Aquamarine Piccolo Venetian with Indigo Coils, 2013 by Dale Chihuly

Aquamarine Piccolo Venetian with Indigo Coils, 2013, 13 x 7 x 7"
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Orange Piccolo Venetian with Black Leaf and Coils, 1994 by Dale Chihuly

Orange Piccolo Venetian with Black Leaf and Coils, 1994, 14 x 5 x 5"
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