Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Serape Style 1865)

Title: 
Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Serape Style 1865)

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Object Name: 
Vessel
Title: 
Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Serape Style 1865)
Accession Number: 
2007.4.142
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 26 cm, Diam (max): 11.6 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1975
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family
Web Description: 
Chihuly is an internationally celebrated personality in contemporary art and design whose prominence in the field of studio glass is unmatched. From the beginning of his involvement with glass in the 1960s, he has focused on the sculptural qualities of the material, using the blown vessel as a vehicle for the exploration of color and form. In 1975–1976, Chihuly devised a decorative technique in which he picked up patterns of colored glass threads, inspired by vintage Navajo and Pendleton trade blankets, onto the surface of a cylindrical glass vessel. This series of vessels was called the Navajo Blanket Cylinders. Chihuly says: “I blew the Navajo Blanket Cylinders for two years. . . . Looking back, I think it is possible to say that . . . the pieces were wearing their drawings just as the Indians were wearing their blankets.”
Provenance: 
Elliott Brown Gallery, Former Collection
2002
Fain, Lyle, Former Collection
Fain, Nancy, Former Collection
Heineman, Ben W. Sr. Family, Source
Color: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
1865
date
in green glass threads
Pete for Lyle
inscription
Engraved underside of base
Chihuly / '75 / for PETE [X-ed out] LYLE & Nancy
signature
on underside PETE X-ed out, LYLE & NANCY written on three lines set one atop the other
Primary Description: 
Blown glass, assembled threads picked up while hot.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass
Contemporary Glass Gallery and Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection (2009) illustrated, pp. 100-101, pl. 26; BIB# 109983
Treasures from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008-12) illustrated, April;
Chihuly's Pendletons: And Their Influence on His Work (2000) illustrated, p. 187; BIB# 66495