Tapio Wirkkala - Design London Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Juhani Lemmetti, Helsinki
    Phillips, London, 'Nordic Design', 24 September 2014, lot 155
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    'Vetro, legno e argento di Tapio Wirkkala', Domus, no. 319, June 1956, p. 54
    Marianne Aav, Rosa Barovier Mentasti and Gordon Bowyer, et al., Tapio Wirkkala - eye, hand and thought, exh. cat., Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki, 2000, pp. 304-05
    Marianne Aav and Eeva Viljanen, eds., Iittala: 125 Years of Finnish Glass Complete History with all Designers, Helsinki, 2006, pp. 75, 245
    Heikki Matiskainen, ed., Tapio Wirkkala: A Poet in Glass and Silver, Collection Kakkonen, exh. cat., Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, 2013, pp. 111, 314-15
    Marco Romanelli, ed., Tapio Wirkkala, exh. cat., Murano Museo del Vetro, Venice, 2019, front cover, pp. 74-75


Four vases

Mould-formed cased and flashed crystal glass, rim cut, sandblasted, acid matted.
Tallest: 35.5 cm (13 7/8 in.) high, 8.1 cm (3 1/4 in.) diameter
Produced by Karhula-Iittala, Helsinki, Finland. Underside of two incised TAPIO WIRKKALA - IITALA - 56 and two incised TAPIO WIRKKALA 3582 and 3584, respectively.

£4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for £9,450

Contact Specialist

Antonia King

Head of Sale, Design




London Auction 30 June 2021