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Delia has nearly 30 years of experience at regional and international auction houses in the United States, and is also currently the editor of an art and antiques trade publication that tracks market trends, auctions and antiques shows. Delia is a generalist in glass, ceramics, silver and other metals, fine art, textiles, antiquities, wines and spirits, stamps and currency, collectibles and dolls and toys. Additionally, she is a specialist in 15th to 21st Century furniture from around the world. Her extensive professional network of appraisers, curators, dealers and collectors has proven to be an invaluable resource in her work for Mearto.

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Here are a few examples of Chihuly glass that Mearto specialists have appraised:

Dale Chihuly Glass Bowl: $2,500 to $3,500

Dale Chihuly Hand Blown Glass Chandelier: $30,000 to $50,000

What is Chihuly glass?

The so-called “Chihuly glass” refers to a glass sculpture created by American living artist and glassblower, Dale Chihuly. Chihuly first discovered the art of glassblowing when he was studying interior design at the University of Washington. He pursued his love of glassblowing at the first glass program in the country at the University of Wisconsin, and subsequently at the Rhode Island School of Design and, after receiving a Fulbright Scholarship, at the Venini factory in Venice, Italy.

Chihuly established the glassblowing program at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he taught for a decade and co-founded Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State. His exquisite sculptures are the product of a process called glassblowing, which is considered to be an exceptionally difficult technique to master. His sculptures are usually large-scale and installation-style. His work is housed in the collections of over 200 museums worldwide.

Some of his best-known exhibitions include Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem held in the Tower of David Museum, which hosted more than one million visitors, and Chihuly at the V&A.

What is glassblowing?

Glassblowing is a technique of forming glass by inflating molten hot glass into a bubble (or parison) through a blow tube or blowpipe. The glass can be further manipulated using a hand-held torch. The technique of glassblowing was developed as a novel concept in the first century BC and has evolved to include several different methods.

The more popular techniques include freeblowing, which involves the blowing of short puffs of air into a molten portion of glass, referred to as a “gather,” that is spooled at one end of the blowpipe, and mold-blowing in which a molten portion of glass on the end of the blowpipe is blown inside a wooden or metal carved mold.

Glassblowing usually involves three furnaces. The first contains the crucible of molten glass. The second is referred to as the “glory hole,” and is used for reheating the piece between working steps. The third and final furnace is called the "lehr" or "annealer," and is used to slowly cool the glass, which can occur over a period of hours or even days. The length of cooling time depends on the size of the piece.

What are the most well-known examples of Chihuly glass?

Chihuly’s works during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s are organized into series.

  • 1975: Navajo Blanket Series
  • 1977: Northwest Coast Basket Series
  • 1980: Seaform Series
  • 1981: Macchia Series
  • 1986: Persian Series
  • 1988: Venetian Series
  • 1989: Ikebana Series
  • 1990: Venetian Series returns
  • 1991: Niijima Floats
  • 1992: Chandeliers

Some of his best known pieces are his grandiose chandeliers, which can be found in commercial spaces all over the world. The largest collection of Chihuly glass can be found in the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Chihuly’s art is also used frequently in public spaces and are often all-encompassing exhibitions. Chihuly’s Garden Cycle began at the Garfield Park in Chicago is an example of one of many exhibitions set in a botanical and outdoor setting. Chihuly is also particularly known for his large architectural installations.

What are the most expensive pieces of Chihuly glass ever sold?

Recently, the Groninger Museum purchased an installation by Dale Chihuly that cost over $1 million. One of Chihuly’s chandeliers sold for a record-breaking $200,000 in 2015.

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