Tapio Wirkkala - Sterling Silver Art-object "Liekki", Model TW 228 - Kultakeskus, Finland 1962
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.
A Sterling silver tapered art-object, mounted on a teak base. The two sides of this object together form an S-shape.
This beautiful piece, commenly referred to as the "Liekki" or "Flame", was designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1960.
This example was executed by the caftsmen of Kultakeskus, Hämeenlinna Finland in 1962. Silver fineness is 916H (916/1000). This "Liekki" is fully hallmarked on one side.
Price including VAT: € 562
TW (Tapio Wirkkala), 916H (Sterling 916/1000 silver fineness), Kultakeskus Oy mark (reclining lion), Finish National control mark (crown in heart shape), Year mark for 1962 (I7) and Hämeenlinna city hallmark (three stylised towers).
Kultakeskus Oy, Hämeenlinna, Finland, 1962
This object is in good vintage condition, some minor scratches and wear consistent with age and use. No cracks, dents or inscriptions.
Marianne Aav, Tapio Wirkkala eye, hand and thought: p. 364
Model TW 228
H. 20.2 cm
W. 6.75 cm
D. 4.85 cm
Weight 215 grams