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Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Finnish, 1926-2006

Celebrated glassmaker Timo Sarpaneva was a pioneer of Finnish postwar design. He led the formation of the utilitarian and artistic side of mid-century modern style. Sarpaneva’s glass vases, serveware and table lamps have a sculptural yet functional quality, making them adaptable for both decorative and utilitarian use.

Sarpaneva was born in 1926 in Helsinki and spent his childhood visiting his grandparents in the countryside. There, he was influenced by a barter economy where everything was made by hand and traded for services and wares.

In 1948, Sarpaneva graduated from the Institute for Industrial Arts in Helsinki (now the University of Art and Design Helsinki). He participated in the 1951 Triennale di Milano, submitting an embroidered coffee cozy that confused but delighted the judges and garnered a silver medal.

Around this time, Sarpaneva began experimenting with glassblowing. He transformed the traditional wet-stick method by creating a bubble within the molten glass, allowing him to work from the inside out. In 1954, he returned to the Triennale di Milano and won his first Grand Prize.

In the 1950s, Sarpaneva was hired at the glassware company Iittala, where he became a leading glass designer. Sarpaneva even designed the company logo, which is still used today. He worked for the company for over four decades until his death in 2006 at 79. 

Sarpaneva’s illustrious career earned international recognition. His honors included being named Honorary Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts in London in 1963. He received honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Art in London in 1967 and the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 1993.

In 2018, the Helsinki Design Museum exhibited a retrospective of “the golden boy of Finland’s Golden Age of design”.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Timo Sarpaneva decorative objects, serveware, lighting and more.

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Creator: Timo Sarpaneva
Timo Sarpaneva, set of 4 champagne glasses "Archipelago" for Iittala
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Klintehamn, SE
Set of 4 champagne glasses from Timo Sarpaneva´s series "Arkipelago" made by Italy. The series was produced from 1980 until 1993.
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1980s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Model 'I-400' Straight Bird Bottle by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala, Finland, 1956
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Steenwijk, NL
A design by Timo Sarpaneva from 1956. It was in production from 1957-1966. This specific bottle is engraved "T Sarpaneva 2500". This deep blue version is a more rare color to find a...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass

Red enamel cassrole by Timo Sarpaneva. Made in Finland by Rosenlew ca 1960-70s
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Hägersten, SE
Cassrole designed by Timo Sarpaneva. Made in Finland by Rosenlew ca 1960-70s. Made from cast iron with red and white opaque enamel. Original handle in sculpted teak. Total volume ins...
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Enamel, Iron

Large Venini Vase 'Kukinto', Designed by Timo Sarpaneva in 1991
By Venini, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Large Venini Vase 'Kukinto', Designed by Timo Sarpaneva in 1991 A monumental vase from the Kukinto series. Designed in 1991 by Timo Sarpaneva and produced 1992 by Venini, Murano. In...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

"Kelo" Art Glass Vase
By Timo Sarpaneva, Venini
Located in New York, NY
"Kelo" Italian art glass vase by Timo Sarpaneva for Venini & Co. Glass, clear, black, white and red. Marked: Venini 90 Sarpaneva (engraved).
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1990s Italian Modern Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Scandinavian Modern Timo Sarpaneva Crystal Art Sculpture Claritas Handblown 1992
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Timo Sarpaneva – Freeblown crystal Art-Object “Claritas” – Iittala, Finland 1997 A freeblown clear, white and black coloured crystal Art-object / sculpture “Claritas”. Designed by f...
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1990s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal

Large Vintage Vase 'Orkidea' by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Large Vintage Vase 'Orkidea' by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala Item e6362 A large vintage 'Orkidea' (Orchid) vase designed by Timo Sarpameva for Iittala in 1953. Marked with incised sign...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Scandinavian Modern Timo Sarpaneva Glass Bowls Pantareuna Green Purple 1950s
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Scandinavian Modern Timo Sarpaneva Glass Bowls Pantareuna Green Purple 1950s Two turned-mould blown, flared and rim folded colored glass “Pantareuna” bowls, model i-302. Designed by...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal

Scandinavian Modern Timo Sarpaneva Crystal Art Sculpture Orchid Handblown 1957
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Scandinavian Modern Timo Sarpaneva Crystal Art Object Sculpture Orchid 1957 Clear lead crystal glass, steam blown interior, cut and surface pol...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal

1970s Iittala Set of 3 Senator Goblet Glasses Finland
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Chula Vista, CA
1970s Iittala Set of 3 Stem Wine Beer Goblet Glasses Finland 3 diameter x 4.88 h IIttala Senaattori Senator by Timo Sarpaneva Wine/beer glass water goblet....
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1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Pair Timo Sarpaneva Festivo Candlesticks for Iittala Finland Scandinavian Modern
By Timo Sarpaneva, Iittala
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of Scandinavian Modern Finland Iittala Art Glass with bubbles Festivo Candle Holders designed by Timo Sarpaneva, made in the late 1970s. To...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Scandinavian Modern Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Timo Sarpeneva Murano Glass Large Kukinto Handkerchief Vase Venini Signed Dated
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Ann Arbor, MI
Large Size Timo Sarpeneva for Venini Kukinto vase. Signed and dated 1995 on the bottom. Also retains its original Venini label.
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass

Scandinavian Modern Model Festivo 2140 Glasses by Timo Sarpaneva For Iiittala
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Helsinki, Uusimaa
Scandinavian Modern model Festivo 2140 glasses (6 pieces) by Timo Sarpaneva For Iittala, 1970s, glass, good vintage condition, minor wear consistent with age and use. The glass pedes...
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1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Timo Sarpaneva 'Finlandia' Mould Blown Glass Vase, Finland 1960s
By Timo Sarpaneva, Iittala
Located in Milan, IT
Timo Sarpaneva 'Finlandia' Mould Blown Glass vase, Fully signed Timo Sarpaneva 3375 Finland 1960s.
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Small Vintage Vase "Orkidea" by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Small Vintage vase "Orkidea" by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala A small vintage "Orkidea" (Orchid) vase designed by Timo Sarpameva for Iittala in 1953....
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Vintage Vase "Orkidea" by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A large vintage "Orkidea" (Orchid) vase designed by Timo Sarpameva for Iittala in 1953. Marked with incised signature 'TIMO SARPANEVA 236 / 1990' on the base. An authentic piece of F...
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Late 20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Timo Sarpaneva, "Bird" Vases, Hand Blown Glass, Finland, 1950s
By Timo Sarpaneva, Iittala
Located in High Point, NC
A green and brown hand blown glass pair of vases, designed by Timo Sarpaneva for Ittala.  
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass

Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala Finland Faceted Crystal Bud Vase, 1960s
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in New York, NY
Stylish crystal bud vase by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala Finland. The petite and elegant shape looks stunning in any setting. Pairs beautifull...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal

Large Footed Glass "Kekkeri" Bowl by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vintage textured glass Kekkeri bowl by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala. Manufacturer: Iittala Designer: Timo Sarpaneva Origin: Finland Y...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Midcentury Timo Sarpaneva Set of 3 Bird Bottles / Vases Iittala
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Hillringsberg, SE
Wonderful sculptured bottled handmade in colored glass. This set in three different colors. The bottles were produced by Iittala in 1956-1962 and designed by Timo Sarpaneva. Fu...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Midcentury Collection of 3 Bird Carafes Iittala Timo Sarpaneva Finland, 1950s
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Hillringsberg, SE
Nicely handcrafted art carafes produced by Iittala in 1956-1962 and designed by Timo Sarpaneva. Wonderful worked with a nice deep red and blue color with one smaller in grey / sand c...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Vintage Vase "Orkidea" by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala, 1953
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A vintage "Orkidea" (Orchid) vase designed by Timo Sarpameva for Iittala in 1953. Marked with incised signature 'timo sarpaneva 3586' on the base. An authentic piece of Finnish glass...
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Timo Sarpaneva Festivo Candlesticks by Iittala Glass Finland 1967 Original Box
By Timo Sarpaneva, Iittala
Located in Melbourne, AU
Pair of candlesticks by Timo Sarpaneva. Both with Iittala labels and in original box. First produced in 1967 and remained very popular throughout the 1970s. A classic table decor...
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1970s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass

Faceted Crystal "Orchid" Bud Vase by Timo Sarpaneva for littala, Finland
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Petite, Mid-Century Modern, faceted crystal "Orchid" bud vase by Timo Sarpaneva for littala, Finland.
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Mid-20th Century Finnish Mid-Century Modern Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal

Glass “Devil’s Cradle” Bowl by Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Stockholm, SE
Beautiful “Devil’s Cradle” bowl by Timo Sarpaneva, made in thick glass quality in an organic, rounded form. Two holes close to the edge. Frosted surface.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Pair of Sterling Silver Mid-Century Modern Candlesticks by Timo Sarpeneva
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Mid-Century Modern, sterling silver candlesticks, hallmarked for Stockholm, Sweden, circa 1950s, Timo Sarpeneva, maker. Each candlestick measures 2 1/4 inches high x 2 1/2 in...
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1950s Swedish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Sterling Silver

Five Scandinavian Midcentury Blown Ice Glass Vases by Timo Sarpaneva Iittala
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in New York, NY
A collection of five elegant 'Ice Glass' vases by Finnish Artist, Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala. Dimensions: 1) H 9 x 6 x 6; 2) H 6 x 4 x 4; 3) H 6 x 4.5 x 4.5; 4) Cylinder H...
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1960s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass

Timo Sarpaneva Kukinto Vase
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Kukinto translates to the English botany. A vibrant fasce floral form hand blown at Venini. This is the largest example, signed and dated 1994.
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1990s Italian Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Two Timo Sarpaneva Scandinavian Modern Large Stainless Steel Chargers Platters
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Chesterfield, NJ
Hard to find set of two stainless steel platters designed by Timo Sarpaneva and made in Finland by OPA Ltd. Designed in 1970, the large platter is model TS-300-62 (62 cm), and the sm...
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1970s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Stainless Steel

Timo Sarpaneva Glass Vases by Iittala in Finland
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare set of three glass vases / bird bottles / sculpture designed by Timo Sarpaneva. Produced by Iittala in Finland. Signed ‘T Sarpaneva 2509’.
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1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Four Iittala Festivo Candlesticks, Design Timo Sarpaneva, Finland, 1980s
By Timo Sarpaneva
Located in Copenhagen, DK
Four Iittala Festivo candlesticks, design: Timo Sarpaneva, Finland, 1980s. Measures: 12.5 to 18 cm. In perfect condition. Unstamped.
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1980s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Scandinavian Modern Timo Sarpaneva Two Clear Crystal Art Sculptures Heart 1957
By Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva
Located in EL Waalre, NL
Timo Sarpaneva, Two Crystal Art-Objects "Heart", Model 3557, Iittala, Finland 1957 Two sizes, clear lead-crystal glass, cut and surface polished Art-objects / sculptures "Sydän" (He...
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1950s Finnish Mid-Century Modern Vintage Timo Sarpaneva Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Crystal

Timo Sarpaneva serveware, ceramics, silver and glass for sale on 1stDibs.

Timo Sarpaneva serveware, ceramics, silver and glass are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Timo Sarpaneva serveware, ceramics, silver and glass, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original serveware, ceramics, silver and glass by Timo Sarpaneva were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider serveware, ceramics, silver and glass by Kaj Franck, Gunnel Nyman, and Arabia of Finland. Prices for Timo Sarpaneva serveware, ceramics, silver and glass can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $85 and can go as high as $9,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,242.

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