"Savoy" Vase

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Object Name: 
"Savoy" Vase
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Accession Number: 
97.3.62
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 14.3 cm, W: 20.7 cm, D: 16.7 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
designed in 1936
Web Description: 
The "Savoy" Vase is one of the most famous designs of the internationally renowned architect and designer Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898-1976). Still in production today, it is a classic example of Scandinavian modernism. This flower vase was designed in 1936 as part of the experimental “Eskimåkvinnans skinnbyxa” (the Eskimo women’s leather breeches), which was publicly presented for the first time in the Finnish Pavilion (designed by Aalto) at the 1937 World's Fair in Paris. The vase was later named after a luxury restaurant in Helsinki, called Savoy, which opened in 1937 with custom furnishings and fixtures designed by Aalto and his wife, Aino Aalto.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Sederholm, Peter, Source
1997-05-16
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Material: 
Primary Description: 
Transparent green glass; blown in wood mold. Asymmetrical shape with wavy sides.
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939
Venue(s)
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 2012-04-14 through 2012-08-19
Carnegie Museum of Art 2012-10-13 through 2013-03-04
New Orleans Museum of Art 2013-04-14 through 2013-08-04
Mint Museum of Art 2013-09-22 through 2014-01-19
This groundbreaking exhibition explores the ingenuity and craftsmanship of decorative arts made for world’s fairs, from the London Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in 1851 to the New York World’s Fair in 1939. During this period, the fairs were the most important vehicles for debuting advancements in modern living, democratizing design as never before. Inventing the Modern World showcases approximately 200 examples of the most extraordinary works of furniture, metalwork, glass, ceramics, textiles, and jewelry produced by leading international artists and firms, including Lalique, Herman Miller, Sèvres, and Tiffany. These exceptional and singular objects—some never before seen in the United States—represent the pinnacle of scientific and artistic achievements of their time. Inventing the Modern World breaks new ground in its exploration of innovation in decorative arts.
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939 (2012) illustrated, p. 242, fig. 21; p. 270 Cat. 176; BIB# 127371
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1997 (1998) illustrated, p. 13;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 40 (1998) illustrated, p. 162, #50; BIB# AI40492
An Eye For Glass (1998) illustrated, p. 12C; BIB# AI77557
Il Corning Museum illustrated, p. 22;