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  • Literature

    'Sextio Âr finsk konstflit', Liljevalchs katalog, 1962, p. 33, cat no. 251 for a similar example; Ulf Hård af Segerstad, Finskt konsthantverk, Stockholm, 1968, p. 51, fig. 2 for a similar example; Tuomas Sopanen and Leena Willberg, The Ryijy-rug lives on: Finnish Ryijy-Rugy 1778-2008, Kuopio, 2008, n.p. for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Akseli Gallen-Kallela, one of the leading Finnish artists of the early 20th century, painted the frescoes for the Finnish Pavilion at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. A staunch supporter of independence from Russia, Gallen-Kallela painted politically charged works and later fought along the front during the Finnish Civil War. Widely travelled, Gallen-Kallela studied at the Académie Julian in Paris; exhibited with Edvard Munch in Berlin; painted expressionistic canvases in Kenya; and lived for a period at the Taos art colony in New Mexico. In the years before his death, he illustrated The Kalevala, Elias Lönnrot’s compilation of Finnish oral folktales and myths.


Rare and early carpet

c. 1900
Handwoven wool.
381 x 146.5 cm (150 x 57 5/8 in)
Produced by Suomen Käsityön Ystävät, Finland (The Friends of Finnish Handicrafts).

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £23,750

Important Nordic Design

17 November 2011