Tapio Wirkkala - Three turned mold-blown, line cut, Crystal Art-objects - Iittala, Finland 1950's
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.
Three turned mold-blown crystal Art-objects / Vases with vertical cut lines, Iittala Finland 1950’s.
Left to right:
Model 3551: designed before 1952 by Tapio Wirkkala, executed by Iittala in 1957. This model was produced between 1952 and 1960. There was only one size available, measuring 22 cm.
Model 3520: designed before 1951 by Tapio Wirkkala, executed by Iittala ca. 1955. This model was produced between 1951 and 1959 and this is the tallest of the two variants in the catalog, measuring 27 cm (the smallest one has a height of 16 cm).
Model 3545: designed in 1953 by Tapio Wirkkala, executed by Iittala in 1958. This particular model was only produced between 1953-1960 and is the tallest of the two variants in the catalog, measuring 32 cm (the smaller one has a height of 16 cm).
Price including VAT: EUR 2249
Iittala glassworks, Finland 1950's
All are marked in diamondpen underneath the base:
Tapio Wirkkala Iittala '57 (1957)
Tapio Wirkkala Iittala
Tapio Wirkkala Iittala '58 (1958)
Objects are in good condition, some minor scratches underneath the base consistent with age and use. No cracks or chips.
There is a small scratch on the side of the chalice of the middle vase (model 3520).
Marianne Aav, TAPIO WIRKKALA eye, hand and thought: p. 300, p. 302
H. 22,2 cm x D. 5,25 cm
H. 27.2 cm x D. 12,5 cm
H. 32 cm x W. 6 cm x D. 5 cm