Timo Sarpaneva – Matched set of two sizes crystal Art-Object “Sydän” (Heart), Model 3557 – Iittala, Finland 1957


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Two sizes, clear lead-crystal glass, cut and surface polished Art-objects / sculptures “Sydän” (Heart), model 3557 with steam blown interior.

Designed by famous Finnish artist Timo Sarpaneva in 1953 and executed by Iittala glassworks in 1957. These vases were made in only two sizes so this is a early complete set and also matched in year of production (1957).

Both Heart sculptures are fully marked underneath the base in diamondpen: Timo Sarpaneva – Iittala – 57 (1957).


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).


Marked and dated in diamondpen underneath the bases: Timo Sarpaneva Iittala '57 (1957).


Iittala glassworks, Finland 1957


These art-objects are in good vintage condition, some minor scratches consistent with age and use. The larger one has a small "snakebite" on the side. No cracks or chips.


Marianne Aav (ed.), Timo Sarpaneva – Collection


Large Heart
H. 9,5 cm
W. 12 cm
D. 9,2 cm
Weight 1296 grams

Small Heart
Height 6,6 cm
With 8,2 cm
Depth 6,2 cm
Weight 431 grams

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