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Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

Finnish, 1915-1985

Along with architect Alvar Aalto, the designer Tapio Wirkkala was Finland’s leading contributor to the Scandinavian interpretation of modernism in the mid-20th century. Prolific and innovative, Wirkkala excelled in a wide range of fields, including glass, furniture, porcelain, jewelry and tableware. The hallmark of his talent was an ability to impart a craft aesthetic based on natural forms — leaves, ice, bubbles, birds — to industrially produced designs.

A native of Helsinki, Wirkkala studied at the national School of Applied Arts and took up a career in graphic design. After serving in the Finnish army during World War II, he joined the glassmaking firm Iittala, an association that would continue to the end of his life. Wirkkala learned every aspect of glassmaking in keeping with his belief that an artist-designer should be involved in all stages of production. His best-known works for Iittala are vases and drinking vessels that resemble either carved ice or icicles. In 1956, Wirkkala began a long relationship with the porcelain maker Rosenthal, for whom he designed elegant table pieces, such as the Finlandia coffee service and the biomorphic Pollo vases. 

House Beautiful magazine declared Wirkkala’s Leaf platter the “most beautiful object” of 1951. (The acclaim led to his brief employment stint with industrial designer Raymond Loewy in New York.) That platter was one of the first designs Wirkkala made using laminated sheets of plywood sanded to a smooth surface that resembles an abstract leaf. It would go on to become a motif in many Wirkkala furniture pieces — most notably in inlaid coffee tables for Asko — and in a sense these are the works most emblematic of his personal aesthetic.

Wirkkala was a traditionalist in many ways, but he had a modernist’s practical approach, incorporating his leaf-like spirals into simple, functional objects. That is the core attraction of Wirkkala’s designs: They stand out with a striking, sculptural energy yet blend in as part of a warm and comfortable decor.

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Creator: Tapio Wirkkala
Silver Tapio Wirkkala Art Bowl 1957
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Silver Tapio Wirkkala Art Bowl 1957 Similar described in Tapio Wirkkala's books. Bowl Made of 916H Silver. Made in Hämeenlinna, Finland 1957. No Engravings. Nice Bowl. In great cond...
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1950s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Silver

Hammered Silver Bowl by Tapio Wirkkala, TW 278, Finland, 1968 Decorative Bowl
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Rare and beautiful handmade, hammered .916H Silver bowl by Tapio Wirkkala. This was made to order. Not in serial production. Diameter 15 cm, height 7 cm. By Kultakeskus Hämeenlinna F...
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1960s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Silver

Tapio Wirkkala Crescent Moon 14 Karat Gold Finland. Kuunsirppi 21/100
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Tapio Wirkkala Crescent Moon 14 Karat Gold Finland. Kuunsirppi 21/100 Rare pendant. Pendant in 14K gold designed by Tapio Wirkkala. Tapio Wirkkala Numbered Jewelry 21/100. Kultakesk...
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2010s Finnish Modernist Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Gold

2 Pieces Tapio Wirkkala Bronze Bird Paperweight
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Tapio Wirkkala bronze Bird paperweight (Production discontinued) Paper printing is also a beautiful home decoration detail in its own right. The size ...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Modernist Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Bronze

18 Karat Gold Tapio Wirkkala Pear Rare Pendant
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Tapio Wirkkala Rare pendant. Pear Pendant in 18K gold designed by Tapio Wirkkala. Tapio Wirkkala Numbered Jewelry 29/100. Kultakeskus made these limited edition Gold. 750 = 18 Karat Gold The pendant is sold without a chain. I also have a lot of other rare jewelry by Tapio Wirkkala for sale. See the last pictures. Golden very rare. This still 18 K Gold 750 Signed TW. Stamps: 750, TW The rod and inner part of the pendant are movable. Very good condition, no engravings. Now I also have the same set of Pear Earrings on sale
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Modernist Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Gold

18 Karat Gold Tapio Wirkkala Pear Earrings Rare
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Tapio Wirkkala Rare Earrings Pear Earrings in 18K gold designed by Tapio Wirkkala. Tapio Wirkkala Numbered Jewelry 21/100. Kultakeskus made these limited edition Gold. 750 = 18 Karat Gold I also have a lot of other rare jewelry by Tapio Wirkkala for sale. See the last pictures. Golden very rare. This still 18 K Gold 750 Signed TW. Stamps: 750, TW The rod and inner part of the pendant are movable. Very good condition, no engravings. Now I also have the same set of Pear Pendant on sale
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21st Century and Contemporary Finnish Modernist Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Bronze, Gold

Silver Tapio Wirkkala Art 1959
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Silver Tapio Wirkkala Art 1959 Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) rose to world fame in the early 1950s following the breakthrough of Finnish industrial design. He was an exceptionally prol...
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1950s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Silver

Silver Tapio Wirkkala Art 1967, 12 Pieces of Ashtrays
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Silver Tapio Wirkkala Art 1967. 12 pieces of Ashtrays They would also work great as an appetizer served as bowls. See example pictures. 916H Silver. Maker ...
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1960s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Silver

Tapio Wirkkala Crescent Moon Necklace Sterling Silver, 1973, Finland, Kuunsirppi
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Tapio Wirkkala Crescent Moon Necklace Sterling Silver 1973 Finland. Tapio Wirkkala "Kuunsirppi" necklace A very rare piece of jewelry. Finland, ca 1973 (early example and not a repro...
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1970s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

Tapio Wirkkala Crescent Moon Earrings Sterling Silver, 1972, Finland, Kuunsirppi
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Tapio Wirkkala Crescent Moon Earrings Sterling Silver 1972 Finland. Tapio Wirkkala "Kuunsirppi" necklace A very rare piece of jewelry. Finland, ...
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1970s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

Silver Tapio Wirkkala Art 1961
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Silver Tapio Wirkkala Art 1961 Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) rose to world fame in the early 1950s following the breakthrough of Finnish industrial design. He was an exceptionally prol...
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1960s Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Silver

Sterling Silver Tapio Wirkkala "Hopeakuu" The Silver Moon 1971
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Sterling Silver Tapio Wirkkala "Hopeakuu" The Silver Moon 1971 Finland Silver stamps can be found. Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) rose to world fame in the early 1950s following the b...
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1970s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Tapio Wirkkala "Hopeakuu" The Silver Moon Necklace Pendant 1971
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Sterling Silver Tapio Wirkkala "Hopeakuu" The Silver Moon Necklace 1971 This is the second largest size ever made, a really impressive pendant Finland Silver stamps can be found. See the last picture. We now have several old jewelry from Tapio Wirkkala on sale...
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1970s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Tapio Wirkkala "Hopeakuu" The Silver Moon Earrings 1971
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Sterling Silver Tapio Wirkkala "Hopeakuu" The Silver Moon Earrings Finland Silver stamps can be found. See the last picture. We now have several old jewelry from Tapio Wirkkala on sale...
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1970s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Tapio Wirkkala "Hopeakuu" the Silver Moon 1971 Necklace
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Sterling Silver Tapio Wirkkala "Hopeakuu" The Silver Moon 1971 Necklace This largest size ever made, a really impressive pendant Finland Silver stamps can be found. See the last picture. We now have several old jewelry from Tapio Wirkkala on sale...
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1970s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Tapio Wirkkala "Hopeakuu" the Silver Moon Earrings 1972
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Sterling Silver Tapio Wirkkala "Hopeakuu" The Silver Moon Earrings Finland Silver stamps can be found. See the last picture. We now have several old jewelry from Tapio Wirkkala on sale...
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1970s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry Set Apple, Earrings and Two Pendants
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Sterling Silver Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry set Apple, Earrings and two Pendants. Jewelry set Apple, Earrings and two pendants. Big Apple and smaller. One Chain. Tapio Wirkkala Finland Jewelry made by Kultakeskus Finland Big Apple made in 1975 Small Apple made in 1976 Earrings made in 1975. Here's a really nice jewelry set designed by Tapio Wirkkala all at once. All Finland Silver stamps can be found. See the last picture. We now have several old jewelry from Tapio Wirkkala on sale...
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1970s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

Tapio Wirkkala Half Moon "Puolikuu" Sterling Silver Necklace, 1972 Finland
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Puolikuu Tapio Wirkkala Half Moon "Puolikuu" Sterling Silver Necklace, 1972 Finland All Finland Silver stamps can be found. See the last picture. We now have several old jewelry from Tapio Wirkkala on...
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1970s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

Tapio Wirkkala 18 Karat Gold Bracelet Very Rare. Handmade
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Tapio Wirkkala 18 Karat Gold Bracelet Very Rare. Only a few of these were made in the 1960s. The rare Viikinki Bracelet belongs to a small collection of made-to-order jewelry that was not originally intended for sale. Wirkkala designed jewelry to please his spouse Rut Bryk and his daughter Maaria. Tapio Wirkkala (Finland 1915‑1985). Tillskriven. Armring. 18K guld. Osignerad. 1960-tal. Svensk importstämpel. Hamrad yta med genombruten dekor. Öppet avslut i form...
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1960s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Gold

18 Karat Gold Tapio Wirkkala Rare ‘Omena’ 'Apple' Earrings
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
18 Karat Gold Tapio Wirkkala Rare ‘Omena’ 'Apple' Earrings. Produced by Kultakeskus Oy, Finland. Golden very rare. The TW Desing Stamp can be found on the second earring. The Swedish...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Modern Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Gold

Sterling 916H Silver 1959 Tapio Wirkkala Kultakeskus Oy TW 2 Tulip Vase
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Sterling 916H Silver 1959 Tapio Wirkkala Kultakeskus Oy TW 2 Tulip Vase Height 24,5cm Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) rose to world fame in the early 1950s following the breakthrough of ...
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1950s Finnish Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver, Silver

Silver Tapio Wirkkala Vases 3pcs.
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Made 1965, 1970, and 1979 A small engraving in two vases in the lower part. Height 19 cm, Diameter 4.0 and other way 3.3cm Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985) rose to world fame in the early...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Modern Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Silver

18 Karat Gold Tapio Wirkkala Rare ‘Omena’ 'Apple' Pendant
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Tapio Wirkkala Rare Omena Apple pendant. Apple pendant in 18K gold designed by Tapio Wirkkala. Chain length 49cm. Pendant dimensions 38 x 46mm. Golden very rare. This still 18 K Gold 750 Pendant weight 4.8g. Total weight 8.9g. Signed TW. Stamps: 750, TW and Swedish inspection stamp. The rod and inner part of the pendant are movable. Very good condition, no engravings. Now I also have the same set of Apple Earrings on sale...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Modern Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Gold

Tapio Wirkkala, Silver Wing Set 81 Pieces Silver
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Tapio Wirkkala, Silver Wing set 81 pieces Silver Very rare. Tapio Wirkkala created the Silver Wing series in 1955 and it was mass-produced for only one year and then to order. Tapio ...
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Mid-20th Century Modernist Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Silver

Silver Finland 1975 Tapio Wirkkala Kultakeskus Apple Necklace
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Silver 1975 Finland Tapio Wirkkala Kultakeskus Apple NecklaceSilver Apple pendant. Made in Finland 1975 Kultakeskus. Silver chain, lenght 33.5cm (when not opened) All Finland Silver ...
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1970s Finnish Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Silver

Rare Silver 830 and Teak Finland 1976 Tapio Wirkkala Tobacco Cigar Box
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Rare Silver 830 and Teak Finland 1976 Tapio Wirkkala Tobacco Cigar Box. These are made to order only. Engraving on the inside, and logo engraving on the cover. Not polished or clean...
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1970s Finnish Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Silver

830H Silver Finland Tapio Wirkkala TW 284 Candleholder
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
830H Silver Finland Tapio Wirkkala TW 284 Candleholder Set of 6 candleholders, 4 of them including engravings 3 different sizes: 1 x 10.3cm, 3 x 14.8cm, 2 x 18.2cm Tapio Wirkkala wo...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Modern Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver, Silver

Tapio Wirkkala Kultakeskus Oy 1967 Finland Sterling Silver Flame Vase
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Tapio Wirkkala Kultakeskus Oy 1967 Finland Sterling Silver Flame Vase Height 26cm, Bottom diameter 7.3cm Silver 916H Silver Flame Vase designed by Tapio Wi...
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1960s Finnish Modern Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Silver, Sterling Silver

Tapio Wirkkala 2 Coffee Sets Copper and Silver Total 8 items
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Orimattila, FI
Tapio Wirkkala 2 Coffee sets Copper and Silver Including total 8 pieces. Hopeakeskus Oy Hämeenlinna Finland. Rare. TAPIO WIRKKALA, COFFEE FURNITURE, 8 parts, copper and teak, TW 163/...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Modern Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Silver, Copper

Early Tapio Wirkkala "Puillikuu" Sterling Silver Necklace, 1972
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Houston, TX
Tapio Wirkkala "Puilikuu" necklace Finland, ca 1972 (early example and not a reproduction) Sterling silver, metal Produced by N Westerback, Finland Impressed with "NW", sil...
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1970s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

1862 333333Rare Pendant-Necklace "Cow's Head" ("Lehmän Pää"), Tapio Wirkkala
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Houston, TX
Rare pendant-necklace "Cow´s Head" (Finnish transl."Lehmän Pää") by Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala. Helsinki, Finland ca. 1971 Designed in 1966 and made to order by jewelry ...
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1970s Finnish Artist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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14k Gold

Early Tapio Wirkkala Sterling Silver Omena Apple Pendant, 1975
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Houston, TX
Tapio Wirkkala, sterling silver pendant. Kultakeskus Oy, Finland, 1975. Model was originally designed in 1972. Hand made with hand hammered sterling silver. Impressed wit...
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1970s Finnish Modernist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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Sterling Silver

1960s Tapio Wirkkala Handmade Diamond Gold "Sunflower" Brooch
By Tapio Wirkkala
Located in Houston, TX
Tapio Wirkkala "Sunflower" brooch manufactured by Kultakeskus Oy. Material: 18-carat gold (purity level 750) 19 pieces brilliant cut diamonds (total weight 0.76 carat) Hämeen...
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1960s Finnish Artist Vintage Tapio Wirkkala Jewelry

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White Diamond, 18k Gold

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