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Offline Tinker-Taylor

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In a desperate attempt to distract myself from the aftermath of being extremely ripped off on ebay today, I have been out to buy this vase from a charity shop. 

It cost me £4 and they didn't wrap it, so I've just been sat on a bus for an hour with this thing in my hand thinking "Why the hell did I buy this?"

I know it's not Whitefriars because I am quite familiar with their work, but now I have cleaned it up and put it my little table I really like it.  It's 16.5cm tall and I have no clue who made it.

Anyone fancy cheering me up and telling me it's made by a supreme glass God (without fibbing!)??

It's not signed, of course, or I would probably be booking my holidays by now!

Thanks, as always.
Stu.
Stuart & Emma Taylor.
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Re: The Ultimate Charity Shop Junk Vase?
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2009, 04:38:03 PM »
Your supreme glass god for today is ....Tapio Wirkkala who worked for Iittala, Finland.

£4.00!!! I'd keep that Charity shop very quiet if I were you :o

Nigel


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Re: The Ultimate Charity Shop Junk Vase?
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2009, 04:43:52 PM »
!!!

Is this true?  Is it valuable?  You're not allowed to tell me that and then go offline!

 :o  Blimey!

I am very grateful though, as ever.
Stuart & Emma Taylor.
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Re: The Ultimate Charity Shop Junk Vase?
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2009, 04:52:40 PM »
Nigel's not fibbing.  :D It is by Tapio Wirkkala, designed in 1972 and (rather unfortunately) is called 'Pinus'.   :hiclp:  Very nice find!

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Re: The Ultimate Charity Shop Junk Vase?
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2009, 05:01:34 PM »
Max,

What's unfortunate about the latin name for Pine?????

Stu,

Not hugely valuable, but it'll give a good return on £4.00!

Nigel


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Re: The Ultimate Charity Shop Junk Vase?
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2009, 05:12:34 PM »
Max & Nigel,

Thank you.  It's nice to have some good news after my Frank Thrower nightmare (as detailed in the Museum Cafe).

Amazing that these charity shops can still miss the odd bit of class - I donate there, so I am... sort of... guilt free.

 :-[

...damn.
Stuart & Emma Taylor.
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Re: The Ultimate Charity Shop Junk Vase?
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2009, 05:44:03 PM »
Nice find Stu, hope it's put the smile back on your face! :kissy:


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Re: The Ultimate Charity Shop Junk Vase?
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2009, 06:14:38 PM »
Thanks Anne!  Yes, it has thanks.  Swings and roundabouts, eh!

 ;D
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Re: The Ultimate Charity Shop Junk Vase?
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2009, 11:09:59 PM »
Have a really close look at the base it may be signed TW somewhere, I have one Wirkkala vase (not as nice as yours) and you can only see the letters when you hold it at the right angle.

John


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Re: The Ultimate Charity Shop Junk Vase?
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2009, 06:04:59 AM »
More swings and roundabouts.  I have been wishing the initials there but they won't come!  ::)

It might have been his day off maybe...?

Stu.
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