Tapio Wirkkala - Sterling silver leaf-shaped bowl, model TW 4 - Kultakeskus Oy, 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.
Handmade Sterling silver (916/1000) bowl in the shape of a leaf with stem. Designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1954 and executed by the craftsmen of Kultakeskus Oy (in serial production).
This particular bowl was handmade in 1963. Fully hallmarked on the back on the right side from the stem.
Price including VAT: Sold
Kultakeskus Oy, Hämeenlinna Finland - 1963.
This object is in good vintage condition. Some minor scratches consistent of age and use.
Marianne Aav, TAPIO WIRKKALA eye, hand and thought: p. 361
TW (Tapio Wirkkala), 916H (916/1000 silver fineness), Kultakeskus Oy mark (reclining lion) and Finnish national control mark (heart and crown). Yearmark K7 (1963).
H. 7.1 cm
W. 8.5 cm
D. 10.7 cm
Weight; 61 grams