Tapio Wirkkala - A Silver bowl, Model TW 118 - Kultakeskus, Finland 1965
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.
A silver bowl / art-object, designed in 1957 by Tapio Wirkalla and executed by the silversmiths of Kultakeskus in 1965.
The base shape of the bowl is triangal with rounded corners. On one corner Wirkkala designed a v-shaped incision that tapers into the base.
This bowl is model TW 118 in the oeuvre of the Finnish master and was released in serial production in 14 cm. It was also possible to order a much larger size (34 cm) these were only made to order.
This particular specimen is serial production example and is fully marked and in good vintage condition. It hase a personalised inscription underneath the base.
Price including VAT: € 287
TW (Tapio Wirkkala), 830H (830/1000 silver fineness), Kultakeskus Oy mark (reclining lion), Finnish National control mark (crown in heart shape), Year mark for 1965 (M7) and Hämeenlinna city hallmark (three stylised towers).
Kultakeskus Oy, Hämeenlinna, Finland, 1966
This object is in good vintage condition, some minor scratches and wear consistent with age and use. No cracks or dents. personalised inscription underneath the base.
Marianne Aav, Tapio Wirkkala eye, hand and thought: p. 363
Model TW 118
H. 4 cm
W. 13.5 cm
D. 10.0 cm
Weight 97 grams