• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 12274

    Design

    26 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 179

    TIMO SARPANEVA 1926-2006

    UHRIHÄRKÄ (OFFERING BULL), 1983

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    TIMO SARPANEVA 1926-2006
    UHRIHÄRKÄ (OFFERING BULL), 1983
    the glass cast by Iittala, carved glass, carved and polished granite
    19 in. (48 cm.) high; 35 in. (89 cm.) wide; 16 in. (41 cm.) deep


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    This unique work can be considered the masterpiece of the brief series of experimental works that Sarpaneva developed during the early 1980s. Glass may be blown or cast, but its inherent properties are not aligned with physical manipulation once cooled. Rigorous in his exploration of his chosen medium, it was inevitable that Sarpaneva should eventually turn to the carving of glass. Massive, raw blocks of glass were supplied by Iittala, to be physically rendered as monumental abstractions by mallet and chisel.

    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.


    Provenance

    Timo Sarpaneva,
    Thence by descent.


    Literature

    Timo Sarpaneva Finland, MAK, Vienna, Austria, 1985.
    Timo Sarpaneva Glass Sculptures, Retretti Art Center, Punkaharju, Finland, exh. cat., 1987, p. 17


    Exhibited

    Timo Sarpaneva Finland, MAK, Vienna, Austria, 1985
    Timo Sarpaneva Glass Sculptures, Retretti Art Center, Punkaharju, Finland, & Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy, 1987