Timo Sarpaneva - Nordic Design London Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    The Finnish Glass Museum, Glass manufacturers’ brochures from the 1950s, Riihimäki, 1994, pp. 5, 8, 11, 23, 29
    Marianne Aav, Ebba Brännback and Eeva Viljanen, eds., Timo Sarpaneva Collection, Helsinki, 2006, pp. 40-41
    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. 313, fig. 260, p. 408, fig. 260

  • Catalogue Essay

    The 'Devil's Churn', not to be confused with the 'Devil's Fist', was produced using a very refined and sophisticated technique, encasing numerous air bubbles into the thick body of the vase. The rim of the vase is subsequently finished off-hand, the side pierced with shears and the base polished. The model was included in the Iittala production catalogue for eight years, between 1952 and 1960, but only a few examples are known to exist, one of which is part of the Bischofberger collection, Switzerland.

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


Rare 'Hiidenkirnu' (Devil's Churn) vase, model no. 3530

designed 1951, produced 1952-1954
Clear off-hand blown lead crystal glass with air bubbles, rim finished off-hand, side pierced with shears, base polished.
27.8 cm (10 7/8 in.) high
Produced by Iittala, Helsinki, Finland. Underside incised with T. SARPANEVA - IITTALA.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £10,000

Contact Specialist
Madalena Horta e Costa
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Nordic Design

London Auction 1 October 2015