Tapio Wirkkala - Nordic Design London Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | Phillips
  • Literature

    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, p. 277, fig. 469, p. 326 for a drawing
    Heikki Matiskainen, ed., Tapio Wirkkala: A Poet in Glass and Silver, Collection Kakkonen, exh. cat., Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimäki, 2013, p. 319, fig. 177
    Kaisa Koivisto and Pekka Korvenmaa, eds., Glass from Finland in the Bischofberger Collection, exh. cat., Le Stanze del Vetro and Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2015, p. 232, fig. 145, p. 403, fig. 145

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model was included in the Iittala production catalogue for one year in 1956 and only a few examples are known to exist.

    Phillips wishes to thank Kaisa Koivisto, Chief Curator of The Finnish Glass Museum, for her assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot.


Rare vase, model no. 3900

Clear mould formed and steam blown lead crystal glass, polished.
20 x 18.2 x 10.3 cm (7 7/8 x 7 1/8 x 4 in.)
Produced by Iittala, Helsinki, Finland. Underside incised with TAPIO WIRKKALA - IITTALA - 56.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £12,500

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Nordic Design

London Auction 1 October 2015