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Dale Chihuly, ‘Clear and Gold Chandelier,’ 2000 (detail), est. $100,000-$150,000. © 2022 Chihuly Studio / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Monumental Chihuly chandelier lights up Heritage’s May 4 Design sale

Monumental Dale Chihuly chandelier, est. $100,000-$150,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Dale Chihuly, ‘Clear and Gold Chandelier,’ 2000 (detail), est. $100,000-$150,000. © 2022 Chihuly Studio / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

DALLAS – Designed to occupy the grand hall of a palatial residence, the extravagant Dale Chihuly chandelier offered in Heritage Auctions’ May 4 Design Signature® event is one of the largest Chihuly works ever to cross the auction block. It measures 13 feet long and 13 feet in diameter and carries an estimate of $100,000-$150,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The one-of-a-kind work by the world-renowned artist is made of 1,450 pieces of colorless glass, each punctuated with gold and silver overlays and handcrafted by Chihuly’s team at his glass studio in Seattle.

“Known for creating glass sculptures of all scales, including monumental installations at museums and gardens around the world, Chihuly has long used the traditional chandelier form as a medium for creating large-scale sculptures for a domestic setting,” said Heritage Auctions Director of Design Brent Lewis. “This ambitious example is one of the largest and most elaborate works by Chihuly ever to come to auction.”

Commissioned in 2000 for an opulent estate in Omaha, Nebraska, the striking chandelier is composed of a collection of light-catching glass spirals. Magnificent in scale and design, the work is significant for another reason as well: Unlike most Chihuly chandeliers, which lack internal lighting components and must be lit externally, this example is lit from within by a series of neon tubes in green, blue and magenta.

“The way light and color play off each other in this piece makes it brilliant to behold,” Lewis said.

The work has been deinstalled and is being sold in situ; the chandelier’s components are in storage. The buyer will receive an extensive set of documents about the chandelier, including scans of original Dale Chihuly drawings. The lot notes state, “As per the consignor, the work is in overall good condition. Sold as is.”

The chandelier isn’t the only shining example by Chihuly in the May 4 event. The auction also includes a second chandelier by the famed glass artist, this one measuring six by five feet and featuring a cluster of clear glass pieces combined with ones in varying shades of yellow. It carries an estimate of $50,000-$80,000.

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