Tapio Wirkkala – A crystal Art-object Model 3551 – Iittala Finland 1957


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A turned mold-blown crystal Art-object / Vase with vertical cut lines. This Art–object is model 3551 in the oeuvre of Tapio Wirkkala. It was designed in 1952 and hand made by the craftsmen at the Iittala glassworks in Finland in 1957.

The inspiration for this model – like most of Wirkkala’s designs – came from Nature. Like the “Cantharel” and “Boletus” – designed by Wirkkala in the same period – this model resembles a wild mushroom.

These art-objects were made between 1952 and 1960 in one size only. And this is a fully marked and dated example in good condition.


About Tapio Wirkkala

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. Neosin Neosin

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.


Signed in diamondpen underneath the base: Tapio Wirkkala – Iittala 57 (1957)


Iittala glassworks, Finland, 1957


This Art object is in good condition, Some minor scratches underneath the base consistent with age and use. No cracks or chips.


Marianne Aav, Tapio Wirkkala eye, hand and thought: p. 302


Height 22,2 cm
Diameter 5,25 cm
Weight 276 grams

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