Tapio Wirkkala - Two Crystal, line cut Art-Objects, models 3336 & 3268 - Iittala, Finland ca. 1955
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 turned mold-blown crystal, line-cut art-object, model 3268 and a chair-worked, hot formed, line cut art-object, model 3336.
Model 3268 was designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1948 and excecuted by Iittala glassworks, Finland between 1948 and 1960. Model 3336 was designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1952 and produced by the Iittala glassworks between 1952 and 1960.
Both of these crystal art-objects are handmade and engraved by hand. They are both signed in diamondpen: Tapio Wirkkala - Iittala - '55 (model 3336) respectively Tapio Wirkkala - Iittala - 3268 (model 3268).
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Tapio Wirkkala - Iittala '55 (1955)
Tapio Wirkkala - Iittala 3268 (model 3268)
Both in diamondpen on the reverse.
Model 3336 was made by Iittala Finland in 1955
Model 3268 was made by Iittala Finland between 1948 and 1960.
Good overall condition, minor wear consistent of age and use. Scratches underneath the base.
Marianne Aav, TAPIO WIRKKALA eye, hand and thought: p. 296, p. 301.
Height 3.45 cm
Width 9.5 cm
Depth 8.6 cm
Weight 137 grams
Height 4.2 cm
Width 14.5 cm
Depth 12.3 cm
Weight 507 grams