Tapio Wirkkala 1
Finland, 1915 – 1986; diamond wheel engraved glass VASE from the Chanterelle / Kantarelli series designed in 1946. Engraved to base Tapio Wirkkala 3283. 12 cm. The Kantarelli vase takes its name and shape from the chanterelle mushroom. It is one of the great pieces of Scandinavian design and won the prestigious Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale exhibition in 1951. Tapio Wirkkala is one of the most famous Finnish designers of the 20th century. A sculptor and woodcarver, Wirkkala’s designs for glass, ceramics and metal all reflect his passion for the natural forms of the harsh landscape of his native Finland. Three vases in other sizes from this series are currently on display at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.