Learn about Iittala

Founded in 1881 in the Finnish town of the same name, littala specialised on tableware and cookware.

Iittala took Finnish glass design upmarket in the 1930s, with Aino Aalto's glasses and Alvar Aalto’s iconic modernist Savoy vase designed, in 1936.

Between the 1930s and 1950s the company drew on the talents of leading Finnish designers with the aim of targeting the international design-conscious and giftware market.

At the 1951 and 1953 Milan Triennale exhibitions, two of IItala's designers, Tapio Wirkkala and Timo Sarpeneva were awarded the Grand Prix and this confirmed littala alongside Sweden’s Orrefors as leaders in the field of sophisticated glass design.

However, littala continued to produce its more popular designs over several decades, and this makes valuation of these items more complicated.

As an example, Alvar Aalto’s Savoy vase has remained in constant production since 1937, and second-hand pieces are invariably cheaper than new ones.

Similarly, Sarpaneva’s Orkidea (Orchid) vase, designed in 1953, has been reproduced over several decades whereas his Lancetti, designed in 1952, was made for only five years. more...
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

An Iittala cocktail set, of blue design, comprising four shot glasses and a cocktail shaker. (5)

Iittala, Findland glass cat paperweight signed to right side of glass,13 cm high

An art glass bird by Iittala Oiva Toikka Nuutajarvi, Finland, circa 1970s. 16 cm long

Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala, bark vase, with charcoal tinting. Height 22 cm

Eight Iittala Arkipelago candleholders by Timo Sarpaneva tallest 29 cm

Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva, Arkipelago 2 x green candle holders, together with two uranium candleholders and Nuline examples (9)

Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva, 'Bolero' graduated set of three candlesticks (3)

Iittala, Timo Sarpaneva, 'Festivo' graduated set of four candleholders, two etched T.S

Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala, collection of 'Festivo' candlesticks, comprising a pair of one ring candlesticks, a pair of two ring candlesticks, together with a six ring candlestick, each with smoothed rim and base and chiselled body, the six ring and two ri

Tapio Wirkkala for Iittala, bird vase, c. 1956, clear glass incised with linear pattern, signature, maker and date etched to base 'Tapio Wirkkala. Iittala. 56'. Height 16.5 cm

A pair of Iittala tall glass candlesticks, by Timo Sarpaneva, with iceberg finish. Height 22 cm

A pair of Iittala short glass candlesticks, by Timo Sarpaneva, with iceberg finish. Height 19 cm

Alvar Aalto white Savoy vase, manufactured by Iittala in white opaque glass, together with a small Swedish vase of teardrop form (2). Height 16 cm

Iittala 'Tapio Wirkkala' set of five glasses circa 1952. Height 12.5 cm

Timo Sarpaneva for Iittala, two Art Glass bird bottles, both of spouted bottle vase form, one blue glass and one mauve, each with signature and number etched to base 'T. Sarpaneva - 2501' and 'T. Sarpaneva - 2500' respectively. Respective. Heights 16.5 cm

20th century Iittala Finland frosted glass vase with encased purple and blue tones

A 'Pinus' vase, by Tapio Wirkkala, for Iittala, signed 'Tw' 17 cm high

Large Iittala glass bowl designed by Tapio Wirkkala etched signature and number 3733 32 cm D at widest with several chips to rim

Alvar Aalto 'Savoy' vase opaque white, etched signature, manufactured by Iittala, Finland. Height 16 cm. Provenance: Marion hall Best and thence by descent

A Timo Sarpaneva glass decanter, circa 1960, manufactured for Iittala, the form fashioned as an everted mushroom with bombe base and tubular stem with small spout in a translucent amber. Incised to base Ts. Height 25 cm.

G¸ran Hongell twenty 'Aarne' champagne flutes of cylindrical form, manufactured by Iittala, Finland. Height 16 cm

Boda Nova, three Carafes, blue, green and lime glass; together with two blue glass drinking vessels, manufactured by Iittala, Finland

Timo Sarpaneva, glass jug, with six footed wine glasses, fruit bowl, four beer mugs, five shot glasses and six stackable bowls, manufactured by Iittala, Finland

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