Macchia series glass bowl

Dale Chihuly (American, born in 1941)

Object Place: United States of America

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Blown glass

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



The object is a multi-colored blown glass bowl created as part of the Macchia Series by Dale Chihuly. The interior of the bowl is a translucent, cloudy cream color, while the exterior is spiralled with thin blue lines that are spotted with a variety of colors including; deep opaque red and translucent coral, yellow, and green among others. There are small dark green inclusions within the translucent green spots that create a rough surface. The rim of the bowl is bright yellow. A pontil mark is visible on the bottom and the signature of the artist, along with the year 1982 are engraved into the glass next to this mark.


Scratched on bottom "Dale Chihuly / 1982"


December 4, 1982 to January 12, 1983, Exhibited at Thomas Segal Gallery, 73 Newbury Street, Boston, no. 11; January 8, 1983, purchased by Mr. John H. Boyer (1926-2002); part of the collection of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Boyer of Lincoln, Massachusetts; 2002, inherited by Mrs. John H. (Peggy) Boyer; 2003, gift to the MFA (Accession date: December 17, 2003).

Credit Line

Gift in memory of John H. Boyer (1926-2002)


© Dale Chihuly