Tapio Wirkkala - Crystal Art-object, Model 3132 in two sizes - Iittala Finland 1954 & 1957
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.
Two freeblown crystal, line-cut art-objects, model 3132. Designed by Finnish artist Tapio Wirkkala in 1952 and executed by the Iittala Glassworks in 1954 & 1957.
These art-objects were produced by Iittala between 1952 and 1960 in three different sizes, 70, 75 and 90 mm. These two examples are a largest and a smallest size example.
As already mentioned, both of these crystal art-objects are handmade and engraved by hand. They are both signed undereath the base in diamondpen:
Tapio Wirkkala - Iittala - 54 (largest size) respectively Tapio Wirkkala - Iittala - 57 (smallest size).
Price including VAT: € 530
Iitala, Finland 1954 & 1957
Very good original condition. No chips or cracks. Minor scratches, consistent with age and use.
Marianne Aav, TAPIO WIRKKALA eye, hand and thought: p. 300
Signed underneath the base in diamondpen:
Tapio Wirkkala - Iittala - 54 & 57
H. 9 cm
Diam. 7 cm
Weight: 622 grams
H. 7 cm
Diam 6 cm
Weight: 314 grams