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Tapio Wirkkala, Set of Six Silver "Trumpetti" Candlesticks, Kultakeskus, Finland

$4,096.71per set

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Tapio Wirkkala, set of six silver "Trumpetti" Candlesticks, Kultakeskus, Finland Artist Tapio Wirkkala (1915 Hanko, Finland-1985 Helsinki, Finland) A giant of Finnish design, Wirkkala was an artist of great diversity for whom no material was alien and who left no area of design unexplored. A glass design competition held by the Iittala glassworks in 1946 was the event that set his career in motion; the first prize went jointly to Wirkkala and Kaj Franck. With an oeuvre that ranges from exceptionally beautiful pieces of glass art to Industrial Design in the form of beer bottles and banknotes, Wirkkala also designed jewelry, sculptures, and furniture. The recipient of many awards, honorary titles, and a doctorate, Wirkkala won three Grand Prix medals at the Milan Triennale in 1954 and an additional Grand Prix medal and Gold Medal at the Milan Triennale in 1960. Description A set of six silver “Trumpetti” candlesticks, model TW 284 in three different sizes. Designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1963. Executed by Kultakeskus Oy in 1987 (largest size pair), 1978 (middle size pair) and 2006 (the smallest size pair). The candlesticks have a completely smooth surface and run in a diabolo shape from the base to the chalice. A standard size candle fits all candlesticks. Execution Kultakeskus Oy, Finland 1978, 1987 and 2006 Condition These candlesticks are in good condition, some minor scratches and some minor dents on the edges of the bases. No inscriptions. Wear consistent with age and use. Marked TW (Tapio Wirkkala), 830 (830/1000 silver fineness), Kultakeskus Oy mark (reclining lion) and Finish National control mark (heart and crown). Yearmarks A8 (1978), K8 (1987) & E9 (2006). Dimensions Height. 18 cm, 14.5 cm & 10 cm Diameter Chalice 6.7 cm Diameter base 9.1, 7.2 & 6.7 cm Weight total: 1090 grams Literature Marianne Aav, Tapio Wirkkala eye, hand and thought: p. 395, 465 Shipping Complimentary shipping included.

Details

  • Creator
    Kultakeskus Oy (Manufacturer),Tapio Wirkkala (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 7.09 in. (18 cm)Diameter: 3.59 in. (9.1 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 6
  • Style
    Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Silver,Other,Polished
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1978, 1987 & 2006
  • Condition
    Repaired: In one of the 14 cm candlesticks, a small gap in the center of a stem has been professionally filled. Wear consistent with age and use. Candlesticks are in good condition, some minor scratches and a minor and hardly noticeable dents on the edge of the base of some of the candlesticks. Wear consistent with age and use. No inscriptions.
  • Seller Location
    EL Waalre, NL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5141226460102

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    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Oosterbeek, Netherlands
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About the Designer

Tapio Wirkkala

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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