Tapio Wirkkala – Two comb-cut art-objects, model 3122 & 3123 – Iittala Finland 1957

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Two turned-mold blown crystal, comb-cut art-objects, model 3122 and 3123. Designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1956. Excecuted by Iittala glassworks, Finland in 1957.

These rare objects were only produced by Iittala glassworks between 1956 and 1959. The front of the two art-objects art comb-cut in a V-shape with a recess in the middle. The back of the vases are polished.

Both are fully signed and dated underneath the base in diamondpen: Tapio Wirkkala – Iittala – ’57 (1957).

 

 

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.

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.

Marked

Tapio Wirkkala Iittala ’57 (1957) in diamondpen underneath the base.

Execution

Iittala, Finland 1957

Condition

These art-objects are in good vintage condition, some scratches underneath the base consistent with age and use. Minor stains, small airbubbles and a minute inclusion in the smallest vase. No chips or cracks.

Literature

Marianne Aav, Tapio Wirkkala eye, hand and thought: p. 273 (illustrated), p. 307

Dimensions

Model 3122
Height 20,5 cm
Width 6.1 cm
Depth 5.3 cm
Weight 572

Model 3123
Height 9,1 cm
Width 6,6 cm
Depth 5,5 cm
Weight 349

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