Tapio Wirkkala - Small silver bowl in the form of a stylised seashell - Hopeatehdas Oy Finland 1960

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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.


Small silver bowl in the form of an abstracted seashell, handmade by the craftsmen of Hopeatehdas Oy, Helsinki in 1960. Silver fineness is 813H (813/1000), weight 72 grams. The bowl has a rounded trianglar shape, a part of the surface has been hammered into waves resembling the surface of a seashell. The bowl itself is mounted on three half-ballfeet.

Price including VAT: Sold


Hopeatehdas Oy, Helsinki Finland - 1960. 


This bowl is in good vintage condition. No malformations, some minor scratches. Minor wear consistent with age and use, most noticable on the ballfeet that are somewhat dented. The bowl bears a personalised engraving on the reverse side (not visuable when placed on a table).


Marianne Aav, TAPIO WIRKKALA eye, hand and thought: p. 165: interestingly to mention is that is one of the very few pieces of Wirkkala design that are mentioned in this Catalogue Raissonee but not illustrated in it. The documentations for the designs Wirkkala made for Hopeatehdas were lost. This is the reason this piece also has no modelnumber.


Tapio Wirkkala, 813H (813/1000 silver fineness), Hopeatehdas Oy mark, Finish National control mark (crown in heart shape), Year mark for 1960 (G7) and Helsinki city hallmark (stylised boat).



H. 2.5 cm

W. 13.1 cm

D. 11.3 cm

Weight; 72 grams

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