Hand blown glass into wooden mould. Engraved 'Karhula 22 IX 37' to base.
Provenance: When a group of journalists visited the Karhula glass factory 22th. September 1937 they were each presented with one of these vases. The rumour is, after a few snaps during the return train journey to Helsinki most of the vases were thrown out of the train windows resulting in these dated signed examples being extremely rare.
Literature: Domus (Milan), no. 125, May 1938, p. 36 Jennifer Hawkins Opie, Scandinavia: Ceramics & Glass in the Twentieth Century, London, 1989, p. 23, fig. 189 Eva B. Ottillinger, Alvar Aalto, Möbel: Die Sammlung Kossdorff, Vienna, 2002, p. 74, fig. 76 Thomas Kellein, ed. alvar & aino aalto. design collection bischofberger, exh. cat., Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Zurich, 2005, pp. 213-14