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

glass (wheel-engraved)
13.6 × 9.9 × 10.8 cm
Place/s of Execution
Iittala, Finland
engraved in inside rim of base: TAPIO WIRKKALA . IITTALA
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1952
© Tapio Wirkkala/KUVASTO, Helsinki. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Mid 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
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.