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Object Name: 
Plate
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
61.3.319
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 5.1 cm, W (max): 26 cm, L (max): 30.8 cm, Diam: 30.5 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
desgined about 1957
Web Description: 
During the 1950s and early 1960s, Scandinavian and Italian design in all media was internationally popular. In glass, the concepts of utility, beauty, and affordability - the hallmarks of modern design - were fully exploited in Sweden and Finland. One of the most influential Finnish designers at this time was Tapio Wirkkala (1915-1985). In 1946, he was hired by Finland’s Iittala Glass Works, where he created sophisticated works that blurred the line between functional object and sculpture. Taking his inspiration from the northern landscape, Wirkkala favored abstract shapes in thick, transparent, ice-like chunks of glass. While international interest in Scandinavian design started to wane in the 1960s, Wirkkala’s influence remained strong. He continued to make popular designs for glass and furniture. A series of colorful plates and bottles, created in the late 1960s for the Venini glassworks in Italy, earned him further international recognition.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Karhula-Iittala Glassworks, Source
1961-10-11
Category: 
Color: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
TAPIO WIRKKALA - LITTALA - 3351
Signature
Scratch engraved below rim in upper case block letters
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass, cast or blown, cut. Irregular elliptical shape profile comes to sharp point at one end; broad flat polished rim near point contracts to narrow rounded rim on opposing side; ridge on underside formed by the intersection of two curved surfaces.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 2003-09-22 through 2004-03-01
Corning Incorporated Gallery 2004-06-17 through 2004-10-03
Glass 1959: A Special Exhibition of International Contemporary Glass
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 1959 through 1959
 
The Joy of Coldworking (2009) illustrated, p. 18; BIB# 107182
The Gather (2003) illustrated, p. 4;
Glass 1959: A Special Exhibition of International Contemporary Glass (1959) illustrated, p. 122, pl. 89; BIB# 27614