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Re: Tapio Wirkkala Bark type vase (signed) = Bagley
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2006, 08:00:28 PM »
By jove you're right Anne!


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Re: Tapio Wirkkala Bark type vase (signed) = Bagley
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2006, 10:06:47 PM »
My goodness that man designed a LOT of glass!  :shock:  :x

I've had a look through Designlasin now and like Pat, I can't find it.  I think we have to assume he did not make this.  Plus the signature is nothing like the one shown in Smoke & Ice either.

It would be useful to know which company impresses the tudor style rose on its glass though.  I've seen at least a couple on drinking glasses (I think?) with the same mark recently.

Sorry Pip, but as you point out, it's still a nice looking piece of glass and at least you can use it!  :D  I remember someone on whitefriars.org saying that he had some cut flowers, about 200 Scandi vases and still nothing to put the flowers in.  :lol:
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Re: Tapio Wirkkala Bark type vase (signed) = Bagley
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2006, 08:37:04 AM »
:D:D:D

I have exactly the same vase, but with no writing on it's bottom.

The glass itself could not be Iittala, it is far too yellowy-green in colour.

The rim of mine is slightly different though - mine is flatter that yours, which seems to be curved.
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Re: Tapio Wirkkala Bark type vase (signed) = Bagley
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2006, 11:49:40 AM »
Response from iittala :

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Hi Peter,

Thank you for your message.

I showed the picture of the glass to our expert and she said that the vase is not made by iittala or by Tapio Wirkkala.

Ystävällisin terveisin/Best regards

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Anu Iso-Kokkila
iittala oy ab
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Re: Tapio Wirkkala Bark type vase (signed) = Bagley
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2006, 12:31:25 PM »
Cheers for sorting that out Pete - although it's no surprise - I realised quite early on it wasn't what it was purporting to be (thanks to Max's astute observations).  But I'm wondering now if this faked signature is a one-off or if there are more of these lurking somewhere?  It was bought from a boot sale in Dorking on Sunday and the seller didn't say anything about it and only asked a small sum so I don't think he's the culprit.  Very puzzling!


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Re: Tapio Wirkkala Bark type vase (signed) = Bagley
« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2006, 12:55:31 PM »
??? Very weird, Pip. Maybe someone ditching the evidence? Can't think of any other explanation.


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Re: Tapio Wirkkala Bark type vase (signed) = Bagley
« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2006, 08:51:34 PM »
No probs Pip
I was curious myself to see what iittala are selling these days as well as finding the skinny on this piece. I just can't resist a good glass whodunnit - much better than a murder mystery anyday in my book.

I'm still mystified as to the story on your item though. It would seem that someone somewhere thought they would make a killing on passing these off as iittala, especially with the magic Wirrkala name attached.  

As Cathy seems to be suggesting maybe the seller to you, bought it on Ebay and then realised it wasn't kosher. I don't suppose we will ever know unless a large number of them start appearing on Ebay from particular sellers....even then questions would remain.

I was v pleased and impressed at how quickly & decisively iittala responded.
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Re: Tapio Wirkkala Bark type vase (signed) = Bagley
« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2006, 10:38:05 PM »
Quote from: "paradisetrader"
No probs Pip
I was curious myself to see what iittala are selling these days as well as finding the skinny on this piece. I just can't resist a good glass whodunnit - much better than a murder mystery anyday in my book.

I'm still mystified as to the story on your item though. It would seem that someone somewhere thought they would make a killing on passing these off as iittala, especially with the magic Wirrkala name attached.


Well I might pop along there next week and see if he's got more of the same - see if he's drip feeding them, but it still wouldn't make sense to ask just a few quid for it if it was part of a bigger scam.  Maybe it was just some saddo who saw a Wirkkala vase on FlogIt or Cash in the Attic or something equally lame and thought 'that looks like that vase I've got' and got the etching fluid out and had a go.  Like you said, we'll probably never know  :?


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Re: Tapio Wirkkala Bark type vase (signed) = Bagley
« Reply #18 on: May 31, 2006, 01:54:26 PM »
I wrote to Tudor Crystal, asking if they might know who made this vase.  Shot in the dark, I only thought perhaps they might know as it's a symbol they use.

They don't know either though, but said if we find out, let them know...wish I could find out who makes this stuff.  I'm surprised no-one knows more.   :?
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