"Hiidennyrkki" (Pothole) Vase

Object Name: 
"Hiidennyrkki" (Pothole) Vase

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Object Name: 
"Hiidennyrkki" (Pothole) Vase
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
2004.3.39
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 29.5 cm, Diam (max): 10.9 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
designed in 1956
made in 1956
Web Description: 
Timo Sarpaneva is a leading Finnish designer of the influential postwar generation whose work is inspired by Finland's dramatic landscapes. The “pothole” vase, for example, recalls sea rocks that have had holes slowly worn in them by the tides. Yet the form also recalls contemporary sculpture, such as that of the Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. Glass is only one of the materials that Sarpaneva has explored. He also makes designs for graphics and textiles.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Aero Design Furniture, Former Collection
Color: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
TIMO SARPANEVA ITTALA '56
Signature and date
On bottom at rim Signed and dated (very faint)
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; blown and hot-worked, acid-etched. Cylindrical vase that narrows slightly to mid-body then flares to an uneven rim with a hole in one side.
Seeing Through Modernism (2009-01) illustrated, p. 133;
The New Look: Design in the Fifties (1991) illustrated, p. 28; BIB# 25883