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Kantarelli, vase
(Chanterelle)
designed (1946); (1946- manufactured 1951)

Artist/s name
Medium
glass (wheel-engraved)
Measurements
13.6 x 9.9 x 10.8 cm
Place/s of Execution
Iittala, Finland
Accession Number
1209-D4
Department
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1952
© Tapio Wirkkala/KUVASTO, Helsinki. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney
Gallery location
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor
Level 2, NGV International
About

Wirkkala’s designs often reflect natural forms, translated into pure and elegant contours. The Kantarelli vases, based on the simple form of a chanterelle mushroom, were among the most popular designs introduced by Wirkkala and remained in production from 1946 until 1960. They have become icons of Finnish art glass of the 1950s. Wirkkala won a Grand Prix with this design at the 1951 Milan Triennale.

—text from Nordic Cool: Modernist Design (Feb 2015)