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What is this?

Tall, irregularly-shaped clear glass vase with flat bottom; thickness of wall varies throughout.

Why is this important?

The thick-walled, richly textured body of this glass vessel, formed in a wooden mold, demonstrates Aalto’s interest in organic form and reflects the morphologies of his Finnish homeland’s forests and lakes. The undulating shape is an intentional departure from classical rigidity and a complement to Aalto’s laminated bentwood furniture.

This is a vase from Finland. It is dated ca. 1936 and we acquired it in 1990. Gift of Harmon Goldstone.

This image is on display This object is currently on display in room 206 as part of Making Design.

Its medium is

mold-blown glass

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 15 x 28.3 x 24.2 cm (5 7/8 x 11 1/8 x 9 1/2 in.)

This object was designed by Alvar Aalto and manufactured by Karhula Glass Works

This object was donated by Harmon H. Goldstone

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This object has been included in the following exhibitions:

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18634859/ |title=Savoy Vase, ca. 1936 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=22 May 2015 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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