Oiva Toikka - Important Nordic Design London Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Wärtsilä Showroom, Helsinki, 1966

  • Catalogue Essay

    Mörkö, or ‘the Groke’, is a bell-shaped she-monster with a ghastly smile of ivory teeth. A fictional character in the beloved Moomin stories of Tove Jansson, Mörkö embodies a profoundly misunderstood, feared and rejected creature. Her touch turns everything to ice and she kills the ground she walks on. Hopelessly harmful by nature, she remains apart from others, and hence forever tied to a tragic fate of loneliness.


Unique and tall ‘Mörkö’ vase

52 cm (20 1/2 in) high
Manufactured by Nuutajärvi Notsjö, Finland. Underside incised with ‘Olivia Toikka/Nuutajärvi/Notsjö’.

£2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for £2,500

Important Nordic Design

27 September 2012