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    Sale 12274


    26 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 171

    TIMO SARPANEVA 1926-2006

    'ANGEL', 1999

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    TIMO SARPANEVA 1926-2006
    'ANGEL', 1999
    executed by Maestro Pino Signoretto, cased blown glass, fused glass
    15 ½ in. (39.5 cm.) high; 12 ¼ in. (31 cm.) wide; 5 in. (12.5 cm.) deep
    engraved Timo Sarpaneva Studio Pino Signoretto Murano 1999

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    This work is unique. This form features coloured glass of depth and tone that is specific to Murano; the body of the structure is centred with the stick-blown aperture that Sarpaneva had pioneered in 1954 with his award-winning Orchidea series of sculptures.

    Special Notice

    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.


    Timo Sarpaneva, thence by descent.

    Pre-Lot Text



    One of the most prolific, celebrated and innovative Finnish designers of the post-war period, Sarpaneva’s oeuvre transcended medium to communicate mastery in textiles, metalwork and ceramics. It was, however, as a pioneering interlocutor of creativity in glass that Sarpaneva was to be rewarded with international acclaim, a status that was acknowledged by numerous prestigious awards and international accolades throughout his long career. Sarpaneva’s great talent drew first from his mastery of technical innovation and precision execution, delivered through the highest quality materials and processes available through Iittala, and latterly through the atelier of Venetian maestro Pino Signoretto. However, and moreover, it was through his ability to invest these forms with a specifically Nordic sensibility that his unique skill must be acknowledged.
    The following nine lots are from Timo's personal collection and are presented to the market for the first time. They represent innovation across a fifty-year span, having been selected for their technical, sculptural qualities as much as for their poetic, atmospheric fluency.


    Timo Sarpaneva Millenium Meum, Finnish National Opera, Helsinki, Finland, 18 October 1999 – 29 February 2000.