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Title: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: kisslikeether on December 01, 2010, 04:29:27 PM
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230556124094

Seen this on the bay & signature had my gut saying 'faked' have trawled the net & can find no references to such a design by Wirkkala.

Any ideas?
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: dirk. on December 01, 2010, 04:39:49 PM
That signature looks absolutely clumsy and faked to me, too. At least the spelling is correct.  ;)
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: kisslikeether on December 01, 2010, 04:47:13 PM
Exactly my thought too!
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: rosieposie on December 01, 2010, 04:49:55 PM
Hi I thought you might like to know that IMO you are right to be cautious,  The following 230547838307 was sold as Per Lutken until I intervened, and said I had asked the GMB about it, (there is a link somewhere recently on this site).....the seller said that 'GMB was just a blog site'!!  If you look at the moment there is also a genuine imitation Wedgwood glass bird complete with glass bubbles listed by this seller......!!!!
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: kisslikeether on December 01, 2010, 04:58:34 PM
Yes I saw the Lutken bird LOL their Whitefriars blue glass is IKEA & the Riihimaki they have advertised doesn't look like any I've ever seen!
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: claretjugcollector on December 01, 2010, 05:14:52 PM
fake fake fake  :rah: :rah: :rah:
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: Ivo on December 01, 2010, 06:45:40 PM
Poland poland poland not Finland - and obviously faked.
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: kisslikeether on December 01, 2010, 07:06:27 PM
Thanks Ivo - good to know the gut feeling is on form!

Cheers!
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: TxSilver on December 01, 2010, 11:57:48 PM
The chicken looks like Mexican frosted glass. Most of their frosted glass animals are pretty but inexpensive. If the "Tapio" chicken is Mexican, it is excluded from the pretty part. Just inexpensive.
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: robert1960 on December 02, 2010, 03:22:10 PM
and their 'Whitefriars Lobbed [sic] Vases' are from Ikea    ;)
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: rosieposie on December 02, 2010, 05:44:59 PM
I am getting increasingly aggrieved with eBay sellers who are allowed to sell products purporting to be made by well known makers and therefore potentially valuable!

Whilst I do from time to time report glaringly obvious deliberate attempts to defraud,  I feel very strongly that it is time eBay had the same attitude to these listings as they do to a pair of Armani Jeans, and the seller be obliged to prove that an item is Wedgwood, Iittala etc. Particularly when the attribution is used in the title.

Is there anyone out there who agrees with me on this?
Is there anything we can do about it?
If not, isn't it about time there was something we could do about it?

Sorry...I think I might have unintentially hi-jacked this subject... :hj:  :wsh:
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: kisslikeether on December 02, 2010, 06:39:43 PM
Couldn't agree more Rosie!
I've reported obvious fakes before on ebay & you get an email saying how seriously they take it but the item is still let up for sale.........

Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: chopin-liszt on December 02, 2010, 06:50:06 PM
They only make a fuss for things like designer clothes because the big designers can afford to sue.

Nobody's going to do this over glass. They don't have the financial clout.
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: kisslikeether on December 02, 2010, 06:53:05 PM
I guess you are right - I just feel sorry for any buyers who get caught out.
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: rosieposie on December 02, 2010, 08:42:35 PM
This is where I think the decision to remove the names of bidders was wrong.  At least before, you could (and I did!) alert a bidder to the fact that they may not realise the item was not 'as described' and usually they were very grateful for the 'heads up'.

Perhaps we should lobby eBay to reinstate that, or insist that all messages are added to the bottom of the listing, not just the ones the seller chooses???
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: kisslikeether on December 02, 2010, 09:39:08 PM
the trouble with displaying all messages is that it would be too open to abuse  >:(
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: rosieposie on December 02, 2010, 10:51:19 PM
True,  but no system is fair, sadly.
Any better suggestions anyone.....??? :hi:
Title: Re: Tapio Wirkkala chicken - Is this what it purports to be?
Post by: kisslikeether on December 03, 2010, 12:52:43 PM
I see the bids on this have shot up to £45 & the bidders don't have other glass items in their history hmmmmmmmmm