Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection


Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on December 18, 2018

Roman Glass handkerchief bowl

Date: 3rd–4th century A.D., Dimensions: H.: 3 5/8 in. (9.3 cm) Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917, Accession Number: 17.194.314, Gallery 169

Dale Chihuly is now known mainly for his large-scale installations.  When we first became familiar with his work we were collecting contemporary or modern glass objects.  His works at that time where much smaller than they are now and he was well known for brilliantly colored fluted bowls. (See example below) One day we were exploring in The Metropolitan Art Museum and found a Roman glass fluted bowl. (See example above) This changed the direction of our collection, understanding of glass history and vastness of this interest.


Dale Chihuly is a contemporary American glassblower whose large-scale installations can be found on permanent display in institutions worldwide. Employing a myriad of colors, Chihuly’s work is often placed atop lights to accentuate it transparent glow. “Glass is the most magical of all materials,” he has said. “It transmits light in a special way.” Born on September 20, 1941 in Tacoma, WA, he studied glassblowing at the University of Madison-Wisconsin—the first dedicated program of study of its kind in the United States. He continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he graduated with an MFA in 1986. Set on knowing as much about traditional glassblowing as possible, he traveled to the island of Murano in Venice, Italy, where he worked at the Venini factory perfecting his understanding of the medium through both contemporary and ancient techniques. In 1976, Chihuly lost his eye in a car accident, and would eventually be forced to stop blowing glass directly altogether. He now works with a team to coordinate his numerous projects, which include large tentacle-like glass chandeliers, ikebana installations, and garden works that require careful assembly. In 2002, he gifted his home city of Tacoma one of his largest installations, The Glass Bridge, a concrete bridge decorated with small vases. The artist currently lives and works in Seattle, WA.

Above write-up is from  Artnet at



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