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    Sale 7656

    Nordic Art

    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 22

    Timo Sarpaneva (Finnish, 1926-2006)

    GROUP OF SEVEN FINLANDIA VASES

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    Timo Sarpaneva (Finnish, 1926-2006)
    Group of Seven Finlandia Vases
    designed 1964, produced by Iittala, mold-blown glass
    largest 11½ in. (29.5 cm.) high, smallest 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) high
    all vases with engraved designer's mark and model number to underside (7)


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    The Finlandia series was created using charred wooden molds that sought to underline the essential and tactile spirit of the natural world. Both the technique and aesthetic proved highly influential, determining a powerful nationalistic identity that endured across various mediums of progressive Finnish design into the 1970s.

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