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Medusa Fuoco Ruby Red Murano Glass Chandelier in the Style of Dale Chihuly

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This exceptional Fuoco chandelier was handcrafted from Murano glass in Santo Stefano di Camastra on the Mediterranean sea. It features an explosion of contorting tubular forms, reminiscent of the abundance of snakes crowning Medusa's head. Each glass tube is individually handblown then reattached to the central brass body. With its myriad twisting forms, this fixture closely resembles a mobile by Dale Chihuly, one of the world's most esteemed contemporary artists working in blown glass. The chandelier is attached to a circular brass base by a brass rod, whose height can be adjusted to suit. The fixture accomodates fourteen Edison bulbs, providing as much as 1400 watts of power, enough to brilliantly illuminate any space. It has been completely rewired and is in excellent condition. Italian, 20th century Dimensions: 96" height X 53" diameter.

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  • Of the Period
  • Place of origin
  • Date of manufacture
    20th Century
  • Dimensions

    H 96 in.

    H 243.84 cm

  • Diameter
    53 in. (134.62 cm)
  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Reference number
    13011679343344

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About Dale Chihuly (Artist)

With his sculptural works that fuse naturalistic forms with vibrant colors, Dale Chihuly has established himself as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary makers of art glass. The Tacoma, Washington, native’s experimental techniques — manifest in large-scale glass sculptures, installations and environmental artworks alongside smaller table-top pieces — combine fine art, design, architecture and craft. Chihuly’s inspired creative energy has brought glass blowing to a place at the forefront of the arts in the United States.


     Chihuly’s prolific body of work is coupled with a dedication to artistic instruction, education and community. Trained in interior design at the University of Washington, he pursued graduate work with Harvey Littleton, who built the first academic art glass program in the U.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After further studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, Chihuly was awarded a 1968 Fulbright Fellowship to study glass blowing at the Venini glass factory on the island of Murano in Venice, where he was first introduced to group collaboration in glass making. Not only has Chihuly been committed to his own improvement as an artist, but he has also devoted much of his career to sharing his knowledge. He returned to RISD as an instructor, and after working there for more than a decade and he cofounded the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State in 1971. An automobile accident in 1976 left Chihuly blind in one eye; a subsequent injury while bodysurfing weakened one shoulder, leaving him reliant on assistant glassblowers to execute his designs.


     Chihuly’s skills and technical innovations have allowed him to make pieces in an astonishing array of patterns, textures and hues — yet his work can be recognized immediately. He has created several notable extended series of artworks. These include his “Seaforms,” which evoke shells, starfish and other marine animals; “Blankets,” — composed of cylindrical units in patterns suggested by Native American textiles; and, most famously, his grand chandeliers made up of scores of curling, curving, pepper-shaped elements. Whether large or small, as you will see on these pages, the works of Dale Chihuly blend practical flair and bravura artistry. They are a highlight of any contemporary art and design collection.

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