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TAPIO WIRKKALA (1915 - 1985)

'Pirun paa' (Devil's Head) Pendant & Collar


TAPIO WIRKKALA (1915 - 1985)

'Pirun paa' (Devil's Head) Pendant & Collar


H  6.50cm (2.56 in)  |  W  4.70cm (1.85 in)

Origin Finnish, 1967
Marks Hallmarked with a crown & stamped ‘585’ Dated ‘07’ the code for 1967. Marked: ‘NW’ for the goldsmith Nils Westerback
Case Fitted Case

Gold, hand beaten, hammered & chiselled.
‘One of three or four pendants, executed by Nils Westerback, for close friends of Wirkkala.
The designs were all different, details being amended by Wirkkala during the process of manufacture’

Finnish collector, whose wife was given the pendant in the late 1960’s.

llustrated in our book:
Beatriz Chadour-Sampson & Sonya Newell-Smith, Tadema Gallery London Jewellery from the 1860s to 1960s, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart 2021, p. 152
cf. Modern Jewelry, Graham Hughes 1963, p. 252, fig. 365 & 366.
Tapio Wirkkala, eye, hand and thought, Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki, 2000, p.194, fig. 342 illustrated.

Price Code

Ref No   10103