Tapio Wirkkala - Comb cut art-object, model 3123 - Iittala Finland 1958
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 turned-mold blown crystal, comb cut art-object, model 3123. Designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1956. Excecuted by Iittala glassworks, Finland in 1958.
These rare objects were only produced for a relatively short period by Iittala glassworks, namely between 1956 and 1959.
Signed underneath the base in diamondpen: Tapio Wirkkala - Iittala - '58 (1958).
Price including VAT: Sold
Iittala glassworks, Finland 1958
This art-object is in good condition, some scratches underneath the base consistent with age and use.
Marianne Aav, TAPIO WIRKKALA eye, hand and thought: p. 273 (illustrated), p. 307
Tapio Wirkkala Iittala ’58 (1958) in diamondpen underneath the base.
H. 9.25 cm
W. 6.9 cm
D. 5.81 cm
Weight 298 grams