Timo Sarpaneva – Crystal Art-Object “Kyynel” (Tear), Model 3575 – Iittala, 1955



A clear crystal glass, cut and surface polished, chairwork, stick-blown Art-object / sculpture “Kyynel” (Tear), model 3575. Designed by famous Finnish artist Timo Sarpaneva in 1954 and executed by Iittala glassworks in 1955.

These art-objects have only been in production at the Iittala glassworks between 1954 and 1960. It is fully marked underneath the base in diamondpen: Timo Sarpaneva – Iittala – 55 (1955).


About Timo Sarpaneva

Timo Sarpaneva (Helsinki, Finland 1926 – Helsinki, Finland 2006) was an influential Finnish designer, sculptor, and educator best known in the art world for innovative work in glass.

While glass remained his most commonly addressed medium, he worked with metal, wood, textiles, and porcelain (china).

His work was among the key components that helped to launch Finland’s reputation as a trailblazer of design.

Recipient of many rewards, among others: The Luning prize (1956), Grand Prix Triennale di Milan (1954, 1957) and Gold medal, Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d’Arte Contemporanea, Faenza (1976).


This art-object is fully signed in diamondpen: Timo Sarpaneva – Iittala – 55 (1955)


Iittala glassworks, Finland 1955


This art-object is in good condition, some minor scratches consistent with age and use. No Cracks or chips.


Marianne Aav (ed.), Timo Sarpaneva – Collection p 45


Height 15 cm
Diameter 9,2 cm
Weight: 1769 grams

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