Timo Sarpaneva - Four Art-Objects from the "Hiiden" series - Iittala, Finland ca. 1955

Artist

Timo Sarpaneva (Helsinki, Finland 1926 – Helsinki, Finland 2006) was an influential Finnish designer, sculptor, and educator best known in the art world for innovative work in glass.

While glass remained his most commonly addressed medium, he worked with metal, wood, textiles, and porcelain (china).

His work was among the key components that helped to launch Finland's reputation as a trailblazer of design.

Recipient of many rewards, among others: The Luning prize (1956), Grand Prix Triennale di Milan (1954, 1957) and Gold medal, Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d'Arte Contemporanea, Faenza (1976).

Description

Four mould blown, hot worked, sand-blasted, acid matted glass Art-objects, Iittala. Designed by Timo Sarpaneva and executed by Iittala glassworks, Finland, mid-1950s.

“Hiidennyrkki” (Devils Fist), model 3530. Part of the “Hiidenkirnu” (Devil’s churn) collection, designed in 1951. This particular piece is the smaller size of the two sizes produced between 1952 and 1960, with a height of 19 cm. The object is marked underneath the base in diamondpen though not easily readible: Timo Sarpaneva Iittala.

“Hauenleuat” (Pike’s Gap), model 3540. Rare object designed by Sarpaneva 1951. Produced by Iittala between 1952 and 1959. The object is marked underneath the base in diamondpen though not easily readible: Timo Sarpaneva Iittala.

"Hiidenhelmi" (Devil's pearl), model 3532. Designed by Timo Sarpaneva in 1951 and excecuted by Iittala in 1956. Model 3532 has one hole in the side. The object is marked underneath the base in diamondpen: Timo Sarpaneva Iittala 56 (1956).

"Hiidenkurni" (Devil's churn), model 3533. Designed by Sarpaneva in 1951 and executed by Iittala in 1955. Model 3233 is different from the model 3532 in that it has two holes. It also is slightly bigger. The object is marked underneath the base in diamondpen: Timo Sarpaneva Iittala 55 (1955).

Price including VAT: € 2299

Execution

Iittala glassworks, Finland circa 1955

Condition

All objects are in good condition, some minor scratches underneath the bases consistent with age and use. 

Where the beaks of the “Hauenleuat” meet on either side there are small internal tension cracks, due to the production method. 

All pieces have a few tiny airbubbles, caught during production.

Marked

Both objects marked in diamondpen underneath the base: Timo Sarpaneva - Iittala

 Timo Sarpaneva - Iittala in diamondpen underneath both bases.

Sarpaneva - Devils Fist -stem and mark - 15-09-2019 exp

Literature

Marianne Aav, IITTALA, 125 years of Finish glass, p. 223

Marianne Aav, Timo Sarpaneva - collection p. 40-41

Dimensions

“Hiidennyrkki”
H 19 cm., Diam 6.45 cm

"Hauenleuat"
H 24.5 cm, Diam 6.1 cm.

"Hiidenhelmi", model 3532

H. 8 cm

"Hiidenkurni", model 3533

H. 6,5 cm

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