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Birger Kaipiainen

(Finland, 1915-1988)
Birger Kaipiainen
(Finland, 1915-1988)

BIRGER KAIPIAINEN, a decorative plate, stoneware, signed Kaipiainen Arabia.

Piers and berries. Multicoloured glazing and ceramic pearls. Length 66 cm. Width 57 cm. Height 14 cm.

The general impression is good. Marks due to manufacturing process.

Designer

Birger Kaipiainen began his career at the Arabia Art Department in 1937 and quickly found his own way to make art. The soon-to-begin Winter War and several losses in his personal life cast a dark shadow over the beginning of his artistic career, and this manifested as sadness and longing in his early works. They are dominated by ethereal, fairy-tale-like characters depicted in pastel tones, with references to early Italian Renaissance and longing for a more beautiful world.

In the 1950s, Kaipiainen introduced three-dimensionality and graphic stylization in his work. The colour scheme also gradually became darker and more intense. Kaipiainen spent the years 1954–1958 in Sweden working as a studio artist at the Rörstrand porcelain factory. During that time, the artist could fulfil oneself and his production became progressively inspired by surrealism. A recurring theme over the decade was round-faced and slender female figures who either emerged from a table or the surface of the wall or was standing unattached as totemic figures.

After returning from Sweden, Kaipiainen was already a well-known artist both back home in Finland and abroad. The recognition allowed him more freedom, and he was given more space to express himself and his ideas in the Arabia Art Department. During that time, in addition to the focus on shape, the surface of the object became a central aspect of Kaipianen´s artworks. In the 1960s, Kaipiainen introduced ceramic beads to his art, threaded on an iron wire that was attached to the surfaces made out of plates. This was considered astounding at the time. Simultaneously, figures of human became less prominent motifs in his art and his work became even larger and more ornate.

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Hammer price
25 400
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R
278 892
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26 688
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Estimate
10 000 - 12 000 EUR
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Bid history (51 bids)
5
A
May 5, 2019 2:58 PM
25 400 EUR
7
May 5, 2019 2:58 PM
25 200 EUR
5
A
May 5, 2019 2:58 PM
25 000 EUR
7
May 5, 2019 2:58 PM
24 800 EUR
5
A
May 5, 2019 2:58 PM
24 600 EUR
7
May 5, 2019 2:58 PM
24 400 EUR
5
A
May 5, 2019 2:55 PM
24 200 EUR
7
May 5, 2019 2:55 PM
24 000 EUR
5
A
May 5, 2019 2:55 PM
23 600 EUR
7
May 5, 2019 2:55 PM
23 400 EUR
5
A
May 5, 2019 2:54 PM
23 000 EUR
7
May 5, 2019 2:54 PM
22 800 EUR
5
A
May 5, 2019 2:54 PM
22 400 EUR
7
May 5, 2019 2:54 PM
22 200 EUR
5
A
May 5, 2019 2:53 PM
21 800 EUR
7
May 5, 2019 2:53 PM
21 600 EUR
5
A
May 5, 2019 2:53 PM
21 200 EUR
7
May 5, 2019 2:53 PM
21 000 EUR
5
A
May 5, 2019 2:52 PM
20 800 EUR
7
May 5, 2019 2:52 PM
20 600 EUR
5
A
May 5, 2019 12:07 PM
20 400 EUR
7
May 5, 2019 12:07 PM
20 200 EUR
5
A
May 5, 2019 12:07 PM
19 200 EUR
7
May 5, 2019 12:07 PM
19 000 EUR
5
May 5, 2019 11:48 AM
18 100 EUR
9
May 5, 2019 11:18 AM
17 900 EUR
5
A
May 5, 2019 11:03 AM
17 700 EUR
8
May 5, 2019 11:03 AM
17 500 EUR
5
May 5, 2019 10:57 AM
16 600 EUR
9
May 4, 2019 2:32 PM
16 400 EUR
5
May 4, 2019 1:48 PM
16 200 EUR
7
May 4, 2019 1:09 PM
16 000 EUR
5
A
May 4, 2019 1:08 PM
15 200 EUR
7
May 4, 2019 1:08 PM
15 000 EUR
5
May 4, 2019 12:20 PM
14 600 EUR
8
May 4, 2019 8:09 AM
14 500 EUR
5
May 4, 2019 6:22 AM
10 400 EUR
7
May 1, 2019 7:22 PM
10 200 EUR
5
A
May 1, 2019 7:22 PM
10 000 EUR
7
May 1, 2019 7:22 PM
10 000 EUR
5
A
May 1, 2019 7:21 PM
9 200 EUR
7
May 1, 2019 7:21 PM
9 000 EUR
5
A
May 1, 2019 7:21 PM
8 700 EUR
7
May 1, 2019 7:21 PM
8 500 EUR
5
Apr 30, 2019 9:04 AM
8 000 EUR
6
Apr 29, 2019 8:13 PM
7 500 EUR
5
Apr 27, 2019 6:05 PM
7 200 EUR
4
Apr 27, 2019 1:26 PM
7 000 EUR
3
Apr 25, 2019 9:35 PM
6 200 EUR
2
Apr 18, 2019 10:18 AM
6 000 EUR
1
Apr 17, 2019 9:37 PM
2 500 EUR
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