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Art Glass11144 of 17486Vintage Ittalia of Finland 'Ultima Thule' Art Glass Decanter/ Designed by Finnish Designer Tapio Wirkkala / Circa 1968Mary Gregory glass
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Posted 4 years ago


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Small Nude crystal sculpture.

3 3/8 inches long X 1 3/4 inches wide
X 1 inch top of tray
(To the top of the sculpture head is 1 3/8 inch)

Belonged to my Grandpa + I am 61 yrs old , wondering its purpose if other than art -too small to be a candy dish HA. I'm guessing it's crystal since I don't see mold marks? Mainly trying to determine origin + artist + age.
All photo's taken by me. Can probably get a better shot of the makers mark if it would be of help.
Here is a link to the original catalog page:

Damn you all now I'm hooked + will be on the lookout for more !

Mystery Solved


  1. Manikin Manikin, 4 years ago
    Stunning ! Maybe one of our glassware people can ID maker . Welcome to CW
  2. JBMCQ, 4 years ago
    Oh and another question comes to mind. The mint mark in the last picture (if that's what it is I'm guessing) looks a though it was pressed in the bottom.
    Not being familiar , wouldn't work on molten glass ,can you get that result with crystal ,doesn't that start with molten material?
    Or would it have to be carved out ,then polished? Thank you for your consideration.
  3. JBMCQ, 4 years ago
    Thanks icollectglass just noticed the reply. Very similar piece but my mint mark seems more like a Crown to me. I will have to figure a way to get a legible image of it.
  4. Perfumer Perfumer, 4 years ago

    Your mark is the Hoffman butterfly, and that is great! I would call this a pin dish; I have it in amber and clear, and just found one in the original box; I will post a pic! I love these pieces!
  5. JBMCQ, 4 years ago
    Mystery solved: This website is great Thanks all. I will edit my post .
    Original Catalog page
  6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
  7. JBMCQ, 4 years ago
    Thanks icollectglass through your link to Susan's page, with a little detective work I found she has the same piece + a link to Hoffmanns catalog. I have been looking for the answer for some time ,I appreciate it.
  8. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 3 years ago
    Ooh i love these! I saw one in uranium green once.
  9. IVAN49 IVAN49, 2 years ago
    These dishes are often called salts. I was told by a great aunt who was there in the 20's that the original use was as cocktail ashtrays, every guest had one.

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