Dale Chihuly’s Basket series was inspired by a collection of Northwest Coast Indian baskets that had begun to collapse from aging. “When Chihuly saw these misshapen fiber baskets, he saw the essence of glass,” explains Henry Geldzahler, then a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Chihuly interprets this essence by creating a three-dimensional portrait extruded from gravity, breath, and heat. Translated from a molten substance, the Baskets curve with a supple grace and appear to yield to a tension that is more sensed than seen.
The 2014 Studio Edition Sahara Basket Set contains this expression of the material essence of glass. The larger, transparent magenta element is gently collapsed with trails of fine, golden-colored glass thread over its surface. A smaller, tonally opaque element rests inside the arcing rim of the Basket’s mouth, visually exposed by the transparency of the larger piece in the work.
The Sahara Basket Set measures approximately eleven inches wide by four inches high. Chihuly’s signature appears on the smaller piece. Also included is a custom-designed Plexiglas vitrine and a copy of Chihuly Baskets, the 110-page Chihuly Workshop publication with an essay by curator Davira S. Taragin detailing the history of the Basket series.
A combination of luxurious color and graceful form characterizes the Sahara Basket Set.
Price includes $100 for shipping and handling within the US.