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Scandinavian et alia art glass176 of 199Red vases by Tamara Aladin for Riihimäen LasiT. Sarpaneva (Archipelago)
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Posted 5 years ago


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A few weeks ago I posted another taller Minerva vase. At the beginning of the month I headed for the Collector's Fair on the dullest day of the year: Dad's Day aka Father's Day. Most of my regular vendors were at home being feted or perhaps they were feting their loved ones! After four hours of walking around the fair I finally gave up and headed home. In a final desperate effort to spend a penny or two I got off the bus and went into Vinnies. In Sydney the Vinnies thrift shops open on Sundays!
And voilà!
There it was, the other Minerva was on a high shelf awaiting me! It was slightly more expensive than the other one bought at another Vinnies ten kilometres away some months earlier!
I went home happy, ....... finally!
My matching Minerva had me mixing my metaphors!
The early bird catches the worm, sometimes and all good things come to those who wait. Self evident truths!
Minerva is less seen here in Australia, Avena seems to be more common. It was produced from 1976 until 1999. It has the TW signature to one edge of the square foot, but it has been really difficult to photograph. You really have to search it out.

I've put it together with the taller Minerva 2755.
There are some smaller dishes as well in this series.

Height: 17 cm or 6.7 inches
Width: 10 cm or 3.9 inches
The vase seems to pick up on background colour and transport it onto the 'ice/bark' surface.


  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    I will add "meant to be" and "soul mates (vases)"

    Three posts on my Flea experience are now up ; ))
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks Amber, Bellin, inky and mustangtony too!
  3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    great set! Minerva is such a nice design!
  4. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks austro and miKKo too!
  6. l.a.lady l.a.lady, 5 years ago
    I just love the pieces I learn about here, they are for the most part so gorgeous as
    yours is today!!! Awesome!!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks musikchoo, l.a.Lady, scandinAmy and to you too Phil!
    Thanks to all.
  8. KatyaP KatyaP, 5 years ago
    We use the Thule pattern at home. Love his glass.
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks KatyaP. Still use the Ultima Thule myself. Niva is my favorite though!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks JayHow!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks artislove!
  12. artislove artislove, 5 years ago
    beautifull prey after a day of patience congrats vet!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks toracat!
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks GEO26E!

    Season's Greetings from Down Under!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks SEAN 'n GUILLAUME too!
  17. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    your very welcome Kevin!!!
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks RADEGRUNDER!
  19. Vintage_Joe Vintage_Joe, 4 years ago
    Tapio Wirkkala was master of glass. Wirkkala's favorite theme with glass was ice and many variations of it. Ultima thule, Minerva, Pilkkiavanto(eng. Ice fishing hole) etc.

    If you come in Finland sometimes you can shop these items very cheply....
    ...this was 28€ and didn't sell.

    I think this is great item but here in Finland people don't collect Wirkkala's clear glass items right now.
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks RACER4FOUR 'n VINTAGEJOE too!
  21. Vintage_Joe Vintage_Joe, 4 years ago
    "Pilkkiavanto" are made only 10 pieces.
  22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Thanks for that hint, VINTAGEJOE!
    You never know your luck!
    Urho Kekkonen's 70th birthday in 1970, Tapio Wirkkala invited him to Iittala glass factory. He got into the making of the small edition, too!

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