Riihimaen Lasi, Sesi by Erkkitapio Siiroinen, Modernist Glass 18 Piece Dinner Set | Finnish, 1970s
Note: The pitcher jug and 6 cups from the same Sesi series also available and where there is interest to purchase both the dinner set and pitcher/cup set, there is a multiple purchase discount available. Please get in touch for further information.
THE ITEM This stunning Modernist dinner set for six is from the Sesi series was designed by Erkkitapio Siiroinen for Finnish glassworks Riihimäen Lasi. Siiroinen was inspired to create the Sesi series by his friend Sesi, which he subsequently named the series in honour of. Siiroinen spent two years experimenting to create the black glass and the Sesi series, which would eventually be launched by Riihimäen Lasi in 1976.
Because the concept of Sesi was so new and innovative at the time (it was very rare to design such a large series in black glass), the launch generated a great deal of interest and was widely noted in the press, the series quickly became popular.
The glass itself gives the appearance of black but is actually an exceptionally deep shade of Cobalt blue, the blue hue is revealed when under bright light. The form of the semi-automatic mould blown bowls is rounded with angular 'ear' accents. The hand-blown dinner plates and side plates shimmer like the deepest pools of ink, giving a beautiful expression of the raw material. The bowls contrast the plates beautifully, both of which show off different aspects of Modernist design.
CONDITION Excellent, no chips, cracks or repairs for pitcher jug and all cups. There is mild use wear which commensurates with the age of the pieces. 5 of the dinner plates and all 6 of the soup bowls bear the original 'Riihimaen Lasi, Made in Finland' label, in use during the 1970s.
MEASUREMENTS - Dinner Plate: diameter: c. 9.6" / 24.5 cm. - Side Plate: diameter: c. 6.3" / 16 cm. - Soup Bowl [400 ml / 40 cl ] : height: c. 2.8" / 7 cm. Diameter: c. 4.7" / 12 cm. Unpackaged weight [Full set]: c. 9.3 kg / 9,293 g
NOTES Set will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Riihimäen Lasi (1910 - 1990). Founded in 1910, Riihimäen Lasi became Finland’s biggest glass manufacturer from the 1920s until the 190s. Chief Designers included Helena Tynell (c. 1946), Nanny Still (c. 1949), and Tamara Aladin (c.1959). These designers pushed the boundaries using multiple glass-forming techniques, including mould-blowing, pressing, centrifugal-casting, and casing, as well as adding stunning decorative details by cutting, engraving, sandblasting and polishing. Sadly, the factory would eventually close in 1990.
Many of Siiroinen's glass series, including Sesi, are very popular among Finnish glass collectors. Siiroinen was known to be a rebellious young designer and it was this attitude that led to some of the most interesting and innovative glass series ever produced in the history of Finnish design.
Pentti Sarpaneva, Oy Kumela for Turun Hopea 1972 Modernist Silver and Blue Art Glass Vase, Finnish
THE ITEM This beautiful work of Scandinavian Modernist design is by Pentti Sarpaneva (b.1925 - d. 1978) Finnish jewellery and decorative designer. This piece was produced by Oy Kumela glassworks for jewellers Torun Hopea.
Sarpaneva's style was influenced by elements of the rugged Finnish landscape, casting textures from materials such as tree bark and rock. Other inspirations included traditional Finnish lace and the metals he worked with.
The design of this piece encapsulates much of Sarpaneva's style, his inspirations and the Modernist design influences of the time. The Cornflower blue glass surface shows off a number of textured and angular circular and semi-circular reliefs. The piece is finished with the silver collar that is decorated in Sarpaneva's rugged lace design that can be found in his jewellery designs. However, the collar being cast in silver is a rare find as this series of vases is typically found with a bronze collar.
Very Good, no chips, cracks or repairs to the glass, there is patinated wear and marring to the silver that is commensurate with the age of the piece - please see photos as part of the condition report. The underside of the base is signed 'Pentti Sarpaneva' and 'Oy Kumela' and bears the original silver label 'Turun Hopea, Made in Finland'. The silver collar is also marked with '830' representing the purity of the silver and 'T7' which denotes the year 1972.
MEASUREMENTS Height: c. 3.1" / 8 cm tall x c. 2.8" / 7.2 cm length x c. 2.8" / 7.2 cm width. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 368 g
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Pentti Sarpaneva (b.1925 - d. 1978) Sarpaneva trained in graphic design, at the Institute of Industrial Art and following the war, began his design career in the late 1950s. He designed for Kalevala Koru Oy and later in 1967, he became artistic director for Turun Hopea, remaining there until his death.
Unique amongst his contemporaries, Sarpaneva would cast his designs straight from nature and the man-made environment, often using rocks and tree bark, as well as discarded rope and lace. During the height of his career, he was known for producing emotive, avant-garde, bold and eccentric designs.