Tapio Wirkkala - A crystal Art-object Model 3520 - Iittala Finland circa 1955
Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland - 1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Tapio 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.
A turned mold-blown crystal Art-object / Vase with vertical cut lines. This Art--object is model 3520 in the oeuvre of Tapio Wirkkala. It was designed in 1951 and hand made by the craftsmen at the Iittala glassworks in Finland circa 1955.
The inspiration for this model - like most of Wirkkala's designs - came from Nature. Like the "Cantharel" and "Boletus" - designed by Wirkkala in the same period - this model resembles a wild mushroom.
These art-objects were made between 1951 and 1959 in two sizes. This particular object is a largest size model 3520 and it is a fully marked underneath the base in diamondpen.
Price including VAT: € 549
Signed in diamondpen underneath the base: Tapio Wirkkala - Iittala
Iittala, Finland circa 1955
Good overall condition, minor wear consistent of age and use, including some sratches and a very minor fleabite on the base rim. No chips or cracks.
Marianne Aav, Tapio Wirkkala eye, hand and thought: p. 300
H. 27 cm
Diam. 12,5 cm
Weight 1175 grams