Tapio Wirkkala – Glass art-object “Coreano”, model 504.4 – Venini, Italy 1985


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A rare capital “Coreano” art-object/bowl, model 504.4, crafted in mesmerizing freeblown turquoise and applegreen glass. Designed by the renowned Tapio Wirkkala in 1966, this extraordinary piece was brought to life by the skilled craftsmen of the Venini glassworks on the picturesque Island of Murano in Venice in 1985.

Within the “Coreano” series, a captivating collection featuring vases in five sizes, a large bowl, and a plate, this particular bowl stands as a testament to its distinctive allure. The characteristic swirls of applegreen and turquoise glass lend it an enchanting aesthetic. Impeccably preserved, it showcases its excellence in every detail.

Beneath its base, the hallmarks of its origin and authenticity are gracefully etched in diamondpen. Venini – Italia – TW (Tapio Wirkkala) ’84 (1984) proudly declare its heritage. This remarkable art-object/bowl emanates an undeniable charm, capturing the seamless blend of artistry and skill.



About Tapio Wirkkala

Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland – 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, possessed an extraordinary creative spirit that knew no boundaries. His artistic repertoire traversed diverse materials and transcended conventional design disciplines, leaving an indelible mark on the world of art and craftsmanship.

The trajectory of Wirkkala’s illustrious career was set in motion by a momentous glass design competition held by the revered Iittala glassworks in 1946. It was during this transformative event that Wirkkala, alongside the esteemed Kaj Franck, emerged as the joint recipients of the first prize. This recognition propelled Wirkkala into the spotlight, setting the stage for his remarkable artistic journey.

Wirkkala’s creative genius knew no bounds. His oeuvre spanned a vast spectrum, encompassing exceptionally beautiful glass art pieces, innovative industrial designs such as beer bottles and banknotes, meticulously crafted jewelry, evocative sculptures, and thoughtfully designed furniture. Each creation bore the unmistakable imprint of Wirkkala’s artistic prowess, showcasing his mastery over form, function, and aesthetics.

Throughout his illustrious career, Wirkkala amassed a multitude of accolades, honorary titles, and a doctorate, cementing his position as one of the most revered figures in the design world. His remarkable achievements include three Grand Prix medals at the prestigious Milan Triennale in 1954, followed by yet another Grand Prix medal and gold medal at the Milan Triennale in 1960. These prestigious awards not only celebrated Wirkkala’s unrivaled talent but also underscored his profound impact on the global design landscape.

Wirkkala’s creative journey was an embodiment of innovation, pushing the boundaries of design and challenging conventional norms. His unparalleled ability to infuse beauty into everyday objects and elevate them to the realm of art garnered admiration and acclaim from enthusiasts and experts alike.

Today, we celebrate Tapio Wirkkala as a visionary pioneer who seamlessly merged artistry with functionality. His enduring legacy serves as a testament to the limitless possibilities of design, inspiring generations of artists and designers to think beyond the confines of tradition and embrace their creative instincts.


Signed underneath the base: Venini Italia TW (Tapio Wirkkala) 85 (1985)


Venini, Murano 1985


Excellent overall condition, minor wear consistent of age and use no chips or cracks.


Marianne Aav, Tapio Wirkkala eye, hand and thought: p. 333, p.95 (illustrated)


Height 14 cm
Diameter 29,6 cm
Weight 1317 grams

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