No connection to server

Timo Sarpaneva

(Finland, 1926-2006)
Timo Sarpaneva
(Finland, 1926-2006)

Timo Sarpaneva, a glass sculpture 'Orkidea Adriatico' signed Timo Sarpaneva Studio Pino Signoretto - Murano 1999.

Adriatic blue. Chair work, stick-blown, faceted and polished. Total height 68.5 cm. Central part diameter c. 17 cm.

The general impression is good.


Timo Sarpaneva's collection.


Timo Sarpaneva designed the Orkidea glass sculpture in 1954. The same year, the work won the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale and was chosen as "The Most Beautiful Object in the World" by the American magazine House Beautiful. These events had a lasting impact on the young artist. The technique used to create the orchid, which shapes the inner space of the glass, remained with Sarpaneva throughout his glassmaking career. When he started working with the legendary maestro Pino Signoretto in Murano in 1997, Sarpaneva aimed to create larger versions of some of his life's landmark works, "about a meter high," as Timo described. Pino and his workshop accepted the challenge. They did not have access to the half-mould used in Iittala, so the giant-sized Orchid was made "freehand." The result was breathtaking! The Adriatico Orchid was faceted using the same technique that was used in the earliest Orkidea sculptures.

Marjatta Sarpaneva

More information

Two documentaries 'Sarpaneva ja muodon taju' and 'Sarpaneva Sarpanevasta' are available on YLE Arena.

Auction closed
If you have a similar object we can help you with an up-to-date valuation. We have the highest final prices in Scandinavia. Contact.
35 000 EUR
The auction is closed.
Purchasing info
Image rights

The artworks in this database are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced without the permission of the rights holders. The artworks are reproduced in this database with a license from Bildupphovsrätt.

Anna Rosenius
Anna Rosenius
Head specialist Finnish design
+358 (0)40 1284 977

Customer service
Please contact Customer Support for inquiries regarding transport, payment and other questions.

Telephone hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 1 pm
+46 8-614 08 00

Telephone hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 1 pm
+358-9-668 91 10

Customer Service