Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This stunning Modernist dinner set for six is from the Sesi series was designed by Erkkitapio Siiroinen for Finnish glassworks Riihimäen Lasi. Siiroinen was inspired to create the Sesi series by his friend Sesi, which he subsequently named the series in honour of. Siiroinen spent two years experimenting to create the black glass and the Sesi series, which would eventually be launched by Riihimäen Lasi in 1976.
Because the concept of Sesi was so new and innovative at the time (it was very rare to design such a large series in black glass), the launch generated a great deal of interest and was widely noted in the press, the series quickly became popular.
The glass itself gives the appearance of black but is actually an exceptionally deep shade of Cobalt blue, the blue hue is revealed when under bright light. The form of the semi-automatic mould blown bowls is rounded with angular 'ear' accents. The hand-blown dinner plates and side plates shimmer like the deepest pools of ink, giving a beautiful expression of the raw material. The bowls contrast the plates beautifully, both of which show off different aspects of Modernist design.
Excellent, no chips, cracks or repairs for pitcher jug and all cups. There is mild use wear which commensurates with the age of the pieces. 5 of the dinner plates and all 6 of the soup bowls bear the original 'Riihimaen Lasi, Made in Finland' label, in use during the 1970s.
- Dinner Plate: diameter: c. 9.6" / 24.5 cm.
- Side Plate: diameter: c. 6.3" / 16 cm.
- Soup Bowl [400 ml / 40 cl ] : height: c. 2.8" / 7 cm. Diameter: c. 4.7" / 12 cm.
Unpackaged weight [Full set]: c. 9.3 kg / 9,293 g
Set will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Riihimäen Lasi (1910 - 1990). Founded in 1910, Riihimäen Lasi became Finland’s biggest glass manufacturer from the 1920s until the 190s. Chief Designers included Helena Tynell (c. 1946), Nanny Still (c. 1949), and Tamara Aladin (c.1959). These designers pushed the boundaries using multiple glass-forming techniques, including mould-blowing, pressing, centrifugal-casting, and casing, as well as adding stunning decorative details by cutting, engraving, sandblasting and polishing. Sadly, the factory would eventually close in 1990.
Many of Siiroinen's glass series, including Sesi, are very popular among Finnish glass collectors. Siiroinen was known to be a rebellious young designer and it was this attitude that led to some of the most interesting and innovative glass series ever produced in the history of Finnish design.