Tapio Wirkkala - A Silver bowl, Model TW 117 - Kultakeskus, Finland 1978

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Artist

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.

Description

A silver bowl, designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1957 and executed by the craftsmen of kultakeskus in 1978.

This bowl is model TW 117 in the oeuvre of the Finnish master and was released in serial production in one size, namely 15 cm wide. It was also possible to order a much larger size, who were only handmade to order.

This particular specimen is in beautiful condition and is fully marked.

Price including VAT: € 935

Marked

TW (Tapio Wirkkala), 830H (830/1000 silver fineness), Kultakeskus Oy mark (reclining lion), Finish National control mark (crown in heart shape), Year mark for 1978 (A8) and Hämeenlinna city hallmark (three stylised towers).

Execution

Kultakeskus Oy, Hämeenlinna, Finland, 1978

Condition

This object is in beautiful vintage condition, almost no scratches or wear consistent with age and use. No cracks, dents or inscriptions.

Literature

Marianne Aav, Tapio Wirkkala eye, hand and thought: p. 360

Dimensions

Model TW 117
H. 2 cm
Diam. 14.9 cm
Weight 140 grams

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