Tapio Wirkkala – A rare Sterling silver vase, model TW226, Handmade to Order – Kultakeskus, Finland 1971



A rare Sterling silver vase, model TW226. Designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1960 and handmade to order by the craftsmen of Kultakeskus in 1971.

Model TW226 was never made in serial production and could only be bought by placing a special order. Kultakeskus made the object in three different variants (2,3 or 4 segments) and two different finishes (smooth or Somodorok technique).

This particular example is a largest sized (4 segments) smooth example made in 1971. It is fully hallmarked underneath the base and is in very 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.


TW (Tapio Wirkkala), 925H (925/1000 silver fineness), Kultakeskus Oy mark (reclining lion) and Finish National control mark (heart and crown). Yearmark S7 (1971).


Handmade to order. Kultakeskus Oy, Hämeenlinna, Finland 1971.


This Art object is in good condition, Some minor scratches consistent with age and use. No dents.


Marianne Aav, Tapio Wirkkala eye, hand and thought: p. 364


Height 21,5 cm
Width 9,3 cm
Depth 9,7 cm
Weight 485 grams

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