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Wall Sconce (USA)

This is a Wall sconce. It is dated 1996 and we acquired it in 2007. Its medium is blown glass, metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Dale Chihuly is, arguably, the most recognizable name in the American studio glass movement. Rather approaching each piece as a solitary glass blower, he employs teams of artisans to work the glass. This innovative approach to production has enabled Chihuly to escalate the size of his glass installations to the monumental. Since the 1970s, Chihuly has developed a distinctive vocabulary of glass forms and colors while continuing to innovate through his numerous public and private commissions. His works have taken over public spaces as diverse as The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and the Tower of David in Jerusalem, and have brought an increased interest to glass as both a decorative and functional medium.
The pair of fully-functional electric sconces under consideration was commissioned by the donor for her own home in 1996. This unique provenance means that the collection would receive not only the work of one of the recognized masters of American glassmaking, but also a rare example of Chihuly’s work for private commissions in the decorative arts.
At the time of proposed acquisition, the museum’s collection includes one example of Chihuly’s work, the Seaform group, acquired in 1984. Because this pair of sconces represents a different form, vocabulary, and period of Chihuly’s work, they would broaden our current Chihuly holdings and would greatly enhance the museum’s glass collection.

This object was donated by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel. It is credited Gift of Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel.

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Its dimensions are

Approximate 69.9 x 49.5 x 31.8 cm (27 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.)

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Wall Sconce (USA); blown glass, metal; Approximate 69.9 x 49.5 x 31.8 cm (27 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 12 1/2 in.); Gift of Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel; 2007-31-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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