Clear lead crystal glass, steam blown, cut and surface polished. Designed 1953. The interior is created by steam blowing the incandescent glass, letting the steam expand the cavity to the desired size.
9550 - h.24 cm/9.4" d.8 cm/3.1" signed TIMO SARPANEVA - IITTALA 9551 - h.27cm/10,6" d.8cm/3,1"signed TIMO SARPANEVA - IITTALA - 55
Literature; Kaisa Koivisto and Pekka Korvenmaa, eds., Glass from Finland in the Bischofberger Collection, exh. cat., Le Stanze del Vetro and Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 2015, p. 329, no. 275, p. 409, fig. 275
Awarded a Gand Prix at the X Milan Triennale, in 1954. Also declared 'The most significant object of the year' by House Beautiful, the 'Orkidea' was exhibited at the XI Milan Triennale.