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Figure - Capercaillie

Capercaillie

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    Nuutajärvi (made)

  • Date:

    2000 (designed)
    2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Toikka, Oiva, born 1931 - died 2019 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-blown and tooled glass

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Iittala Group Oy Ab

  • Museum number:

    C.12-2009

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one of five blown and tooled glass birds by Oiva Toikka acquired directly as a gift from Iittala Oy Ab, the parent company of the Nuutajärvi Glass factory, in 2004. A long-tailed duck designed in 1981 was already in the Collections. These attractive and richly-coloured birds, along with the many other bird designs produced, are collectively by far the most successful designs in the history of the Nuutajärvi glassworks and the range is regularly expanded. Being handmade, each bird is unique and all are signed by the artist. Prof. Oiva Toikka (born 1931) is an internationally renowned glass artist who has won numerous awards. He has worked at Nuutajärvi as a designer and maker since 1963 and his birds have been in constant production since 1972.

Physical description

Glass bird figure representing a Capercaillie or male Wood Grouse ('Metso' in Finnish). It has a red head and yellow beak and its body is brown and green with lustre scalloped pattern to indicate feathers. The lustre looks metallic blue at certain angles.

Place of Origin

Nuutajärvi (made)

Date

2000 (designed)
2004 (made)

Artist/maker

Toikka, Oiva, born 1931 - died 2019 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Hand-blown and tooled glass

Marks and inscriptions

'O. Toikka Nuutajärvi'
Signed

'i iittala'
on adhered label

Dimensions

Height: 18 cm approx., Length: 27.5 cm approx.

Object history note

One of five glass birds by Oiva Toikka acquired directly as a gift from Iittala Oy Ab, the parent company of the Nuutajärvi Glass factory in 2004. Until then, the Museum only had one Toikka bird, C.60-2004, a long-tailed duck.

Historical significance: Prof. Oiva Toikka (born 1931) is an internationally renowned glass artist who has won numerous awards. He has worked at Nuutajärvi as a designer and maker since 1963 and his well-known, richly-coloured birds have been in constant production since 1972. Being handmade, each bird is unique and Toikka signs them all. Collectively, they form his best-known work and they are by far the most successful designs in the history of the Nuutajärvi glassworks. New designs are constantly added to the repertoire.

Descriptive line

Figure, blown glass bird, 'Capercaillie', designed and first made 2000, by Oiva Toikka at Nuutajärvi Glassworks, Iittala Oy Ab, Finland. This one made ca. 2004.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Iinnut, Toikan. Birds by Toikka 1972-2009. Helsinki : Iittala, 2008. 62 p.
Dawson, Jack. Oiva Toikka Glass and Design. Helsinki : Werner Soderstrom, 2007.

Materials

Glass

Techniques

Blown

Subjects depicted

Bird

Categories

Glass

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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