This is Tapio Wirkkala's "jaansaro" or "iceblock" bowl # 3847 by Iittala. It can be found in "Tapio Wirkkala: Eye, Hand & Thought" on pages 150 & 300. It is a still mould blown crystal form with assymetric faceted sides and a hand hammered rim. The dimensions are 9.25" L x 6.5" W x 3.4" H. Production was limited to very few examples. The piece is in excellent condition with virtually no signs of wear. It is incised one the bottom "TAPIO WIRKKALA" "3847". The lack of a date indicates that this is a first year production piece from 1951. Wirkkala pieces were dated only in the years following after the first year of production. The design inspiration comes from the assymetric chunks of arctic ice found in Wirkkala's homeland of Finland. Along with the "iceberg" collection, these pieces are some of his most sought after works. Wright auction house in Chicago featured this same model in an auction last year with an estimate of $7,000 to $9,000. No Reserve! This is a rare opportunity to own one of the most desirable pieces from a Scandinavian design icon.Payment is due within seven days of auction close. Cashier's check, money order, wire transfer, and Paypal are the only forms of payment accepted. No Paypal from international bidders! If payment is made with Paypal, I will only ship to a US, Paypal verified address. Shipping is a flat $35 insured for the continental US. International bidders will need to contact me after the auction closes for shipping charges. Buyers with no feedback or more than one negative must contact me before bidding. Bid with confidence.
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