Tapio Wirkkala - Sterling silver dish, model TW 100 - Kultakeskus Finland 1963
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 curved triangular dish, with two oval-shaped inwardly hammered surfaces. The smaller one functioning as one of the three feet. The two other feet are semi-hemispherical and fixed underneath the base.
This beautiful piece was designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1956,and handcrafted by the craftsmen of Kultakeskus, Hämeenlinna Finland in 1963. Silver fineness is 916H (916/1000). Fully marked underneath.
Price including VAT: € 1745
Kultakeskus Oy, Finland 1963
The dish is in good condition, some minor scratches and wear consistent with age and use.
Marianne Aav, TAPIO WIRKKALA eye, hand and thought: p. 362
TW (Tapio Wirkkala), 916H (916/1000 silver fineness), Kultakeskus Oy mark (reclining lion) and Finish national control mark (heart and crown). Yearmark K7 (1963).
D. 30 cm
W. 7 cm
H. 2 cm
weight: 194 grams