Tapio Wirkkala - Boatshaped silver candlestick - Hopeatehdas Finland 1959

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Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wirkkala was an artist of great diversity for whom no material was alien and who left no area of design unexplored.

A glass design competition held by the Iittala glassworks in 1946 was the event that set his career in motion; the first prize went jointly to Wirkkala and Kaj Franck.

With an oeuvre that ranges from exceptionally beautiful pieces of glass art to industrial design in the form of beer bottles and banknotes, Wirkkala also designed jewellery, sculptures, and furniture.

The recipient of many awards, honorary titles, and a doctorate, Wirkkala won three Grand Prix medals at the Milan Triennale in 1954 and an additional Grand Prix medal and gold medal at the Milan Triennale in 1960.


Silver - partly engraved - candlestick, executed by Hopeatehdas Oy in 1959. Silver fineness is 813H  (813/1000). The candlestick is boat-shaped, rising in the middle in a candle holder. Along the boat-shaped edge the candle-holder is engraved with a vertical decoration of in size ascending dots.

Price including VAT: Sold


Hopeatehdas Oy, Helsinki Finland - 1959


The candlestick is in good condition. No dents or malformations, some scratches on the base. Minor wear consistent with age and use.


Marianne Aav, TAPIO WIRKKALA eye, hand and thought: p. 165: interestingly to mention is that is one of the very few pieces of Wirkkala design that are mentioned in this Catalogue Raissonee but not illustrated in it. The documentations for the designs Wirkkala made for Hopeatehdas were lost.


Tapio Wirkkala, 813H (813/1000 silver fineness), Hopeatehdas Oy mark, Finish National control mark (crown in heart shape), Year mark for 1959 (F7) and Helsinki city hallmark (stylised boat). 


L. 12,5 cm x H. 6 cm

Weight: 151 grams

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