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Untitled group, from the Macchia series
1982

Medium
glass
Measurements
(a-e) 25.3 × 69.3 × 39.4 cm (installed) (variable)
Place/s of Execution
Seattle, Washington, United States
Inscription
(a) engraved in base c.: Chihuly / 1982
Accession Number
D22.a-e-1983
Department
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Australian Consolidated Industries Limited, Governor, 1983
© Dale Chihuly
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor
Level 2, NGV International
Physical description
Freely blown forms, white interior and finely striped polychrome exterior.
These silky organic forms from Dale Chihuly’s Macchia (Italian for ‘marked’ or ‘spotted’) series derive from the artist’s Seaforms series, begun in the 1980s, which explores the abstract, diaphanous qualities of glass and the nesting, rippling quality of shells. Chihuly is feted in the contemporary glass world for his bravura and technical ambition. In his workshop in Seattle he engages teams of skilled glassblowers and assistants to meet the prolific demand for his work, including spectacular, site-specific installations.