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Tapio Wirkkala - 3036 Signed White Vase

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svazzo:
Hi Everyone,
I just bought a vase which I thought was Murano and found it has a signature "Tapio Wirkkala - 3036" underneath. I wanted to know if this kid of signature was old or new. The vase is pretty tall at 9 3/4" tall x 7 1/2" long, and very thin at only 2 13/16" wide. It looks like a large rectangle from the front, but from the top you can see it is a thin oval shape. I havent handled anything by this maker before so would appreciate the help!
Here's the photo:



Thanks!
Javier

Anne:
Javier, Tapio Wirkkala was a Finnish designer who worked for a while with Venini on Murano. He produced a highly successful and well-known incalmo range called Bolle - there's a page showing these here: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/120304/glassware-ceramic/tapio-wirkkalas-murano-vases-001566 and Angela's site has a page about Venini which has some more about Wikkala's time there: http://www.glass.co.nz/Venini.htm

Formgiva:
Hi Javier

what you have there is made by the Finnish glassworks of Iittala, it is commonly known as an 'ovalis' vase. it is a production piece from the 50's and 60's and came in four sizes ranging from 10cm tall to 35cm tall. No all that 'rare' but as u know an attractive piece in its simplicity.

svazzo:
Hello Anne and Formgiva!
Thank you for the links and information!

Here's the signature, in case others wanted to look at it....

Tapio Wirkkala - 3036


It is really hard to see since the piece is white, but i tried.
Thanks again!
Javier

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