Tapio Wirkkala - Chanterelle vase 21cm from the 50:s Iittala Finland
Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985), the multitalented Finnish design genius designed in a wide range of different materials. Nature was a very important source of inspiration for Wirkkala. He spent a lot of time at his cottage in Lapland observing nature.
Tapio Wirkkala’s Chantarelle vase got its name and shape from the chanterelle mushrooms that grow in the forests of Finland.
The surface decorations, particularly the decorative lines that are cut in different depths to produce a relief effect, initially proved difficult for the glassblowers at the Iittala factory to make. Wirkkala, however, collaborated with the glass craftsmen and helped them succeed in masteringing this and a number of similarly textured vases. First a series of 75 individually numbered Chantarelles were made in 1946.
Chantarelle items in different sizes and shapes were then produced at Iittala between 1947 and 1960. At the Triennale exhibitions in Milan in 1951 and 1954 different sizes of Chantarelles were exhibited and Wirkkala von several Grand Prizes.
This vase we are offering is the large model that is roughly twenty centimeters in size. On the last picture you see this vase together with two other vases by Tapio Wirkkala that uses the same techniques.
Size: height 21 cm, width 21 cm Weight: 935 g Condition: Very Good Signature: TAPIO WIRKKALA IITTALA