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Savoy Vase, ca. 1936

This is a Vase. It was designed by Alvar Aalto and manufactured by Karhula-Iittala Glassworks. It is dated ca. 1936 and we acquired it in 1990. Its medium is mold-blown glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The thick-walled, richly textured body of this glass vessel, formed in a wooden mold, demonstrates Aalto’s interest in organic form and reflects the morphologies of his Finnish homeland’s forests and lakes. The undulating shape is an intentional departure from classical rigidity and a complement to Aalto’s laminated bentwood furniture.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled A Wave of Finnish Identity.

This object was donated by Harmon H. Goldstone. It is credited Gift of Harmon Goldstone.

  • Sculptural Vessel (Netherlands), 1985
  • fused and thermo-formed glass threads (filet-de-verre).
  • Museum purchase through gift of Anonymous Donor, Carol B. Brener and Stephen....
  • 1986-20-2

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 15 x 28.3 x 24.2 cm (5 7/8 x 11 1/8 x 9 1/2 in.)

Cite this object as

Savoy Vase, ca. 1936; Designed by Alvar Aalto (Finnish, 1898–1976); Finland; mold-blown glass; H x W x D: 15 x 28.3 x 24.2 cm (5 7/8 x 11 1/8 x 9 1/2 in.); Gift of Harmon Goldstone; 1990-61-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Making Design and Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730-2008.

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