The bowl is quite large. It measures approx 11'' across at its widest and is about 3 3/4 high.It is a sculptural tour de force with many layers, levels, folds, hard vs soft edges, clear and textured glass. The more you look at it the more amazing it is. You can see why Tapio Wikkala was the master at Iittala. A bit about him below. Tapio Wirkkala (1915-85) is the most famous of the multi-talented Finnish designers of the post-war period. He joined Iittala in 1946 and won numerous awards throughout his career.
He trained as a sculptor and was a wood-carver of great sensitivity, bringing those skills to his work in glass, ceramics and metal, as well as a larger-than-life personality and an unshakeable devotion to the rigours of northern Finland. He was one of the most subtle and brilliant of those designers inspired by Finland's landscape and the several series based on ice-like forms are some of the best known. This design Iceberg and Jääpala were in the exhibition'Finlandia' (designed by Timo Sarpaneva) which toured Europe and was held in the Museum in 1961. It was followed by the travelling exhibition'Glass Today' organised by the Museum's Department of Circulation in 1963. The bowl is in very good condition.
I went over it very carefully and felt a few tiny chips on the sides. There are some light scratches to the base and a few tiny air bubbles. All in all I think it is in very good, not mint condition. As shown it is signed Tapio Wirkkala 61/1984 (although that might be 1784- you decide). What an incredible opportunity to won such an important piece by a master designer.
You will treasure it for years to come. The item "Massive Tapio Wirkkala Modernist Art Glass Bowl Iceberg Lompolo Signed #" is in sale since Tuesday, March 26, 2019. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\Scandinavian\Other Scandinavian Art Glass". The seller is "coolcoolectibles" and is located in Encinitas, California.
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