Tapio Wirkkala - Handmade to order Sterling silver spiraled bowl, model TW 111 - Kultakeskus Oy, Finland 1959
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.
Small Sterling silver spiraled bowl, model TW 111. Handmade to order by the craftsmen of Kultakeskus Oy in1959. Silver fineness is 916H (916/1000), weight 60 grams. The bowl has an oval shape, a spiral was hammered into it starting from the side and ending in the centre. These bowls were never made in serial production and therefore rare.
Price including VAT: € 299
Kultakeskus Oy, Hämeenlinna Finland - 1959. Handmade to order.
This bowl is in good vintage condition. No malformations, some minor scratches and minor stains. Minor wear consistent with age and use, a small dent on the rim.
Marianne Aav, TAPIO WIRKKALA eye, hand and thought: p. 362
TW (Tapio Wirkkala), 916H (916/1000 silver fineness), Reclining Lion (Kultakeskus Oy mark), Crown in Heart (Finish National control mark), F7 (Year mark for 1959) and Stylised three towers (Hämeenlinna city hallmark).
H. 2.4 cm
W. 11.9 cm
D. 8.8 cm
Weight; 60 grams