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Large Birger Kaipiainen Ceramic Wall Piece for Arabia, Mint Condition
About the Item
- Creator:Birger Kaipiainen (Artist)
- Dimensions:Height: 24.5 in (62.23 cm)Width: 23.5 in (59.69 cm)Depth: 6.25 in (15.88 cm)
- Style:Scandinavian Modern (Of the Period)
- Materials and Techniques:
- Date of Manufacture:1960s
- Condition:Excellent Condition.
- Seller Location:Kansas City, MO
- Reference Number:1stDibs: LU1057033084882
Birger Kaipiainen was a Finnish ceramist and designer. He is one of the most successful and well-known ceramic artists in Finland.
Kaipiainen graduated from the School of Arts & Crafts (later known as the Aalto School of Arts of Helsinki). After graduation he went to work for Finnish ceramics company Arabia in 1937, and later in 1954 for their Swedish sister company Rörstrand.
Kaipiainen worked as a designer for Arabia for over fifty years. As a child he suffered from polio and was consequently unable to use a pottery wheel. It was said that his illness heightened his artistic sensitivity.
Kaipiainen was nicknamed “the king of decorators” for his nostalgic, romantic and highly decorative ceramic designs at a time when minimalism was the prevailing trend in Finnish ceramics. He is known for repeatedly using the same signature nature-inspired motifs, such as violets and curlews.
The recipient of many awards, honorary titles, and a doctorate, Kaipiainen won a Grand Prix at the Triennale di Milano in 1951 and was awarded the prestigious Pro Finlandia medal in 1963.
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(Biography provided by Connaisseurs Fine Art & Jewelry)
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