Among the most revered designers of the twentieth century, Aalto created this vase as part of a collection of ten objects that he entered in the 1936 competition to determine what was displayed in the Swedish Pavilion for the 1937 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Aalto won the competition, and his free-form objects, ranging from a shallow dish to a tall vase, enjoyed instant popularity. This vase, known variously as "The Paris Object," the "Aalto," and the "Savoy," is still in production today as a classic example of the Scandinavian avant-garde.
Inscription: Etched (on bottom): Alvar Aalto
Marking: Paper label (at rim): "Made in Finland"
Peter Sederholm, Stockholm (until 1985; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Century of Design, Part ll: 1925-1950," May 9–October 29, 2000, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Design," March 30–December 3, 2006, no catalogue.
J. Stewart Johnson. Alvar Aalto: Furniture and Glass. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1984, pp. 18–19, 23, ill. (Karhula Glass Museum collection).
Satu Grönstrand. Alvar and Aino Aalto as Glass Designers. Exh. cat., Iittala Glass Museum. Iittala, Finland, 1988, unpaginated, no. 46, ill.
Paul David Pearson. Alvar Aalto and the International Style. (1st ed., 1978). London, 1989, pp. 166–67.
Göran Schildt. Alvar Aalto: The Complete Catalogue of Architecture, Design and Art. London, 1994, pp. 267–69, no. X.3.4, fig. 526.
Juhani Pallasmaa inAlvar Aalto: Between Humanism and Materialism. Ed. Peter Reed. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1998, pp. 32, 34, pl. 138 (installation photo, Finnish Pavilion, Paris International Exhibition, 1936–37), colorpls. 140–44 (vases and drawing designs).
Peter Reed inAlvar Aalto: Between Humanism and Materialism. Ed. Peter Reed. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 1998, p. 96.
Timo Keinänen. "Alvar and Aino Aalto as Glass Designers." Alvar Aalto: Designer. [Helsinki], 2002, pp. 144–45, 148, ill. (color).
Sirkka-Lüsa Löflund. "Catalogue of Alvar Aalto's Glass Designs." Alvar Aalto: Designer. [Helsinki], 2002, pp. 199–201, ill. (color), calls it "Aalto Vase (also known as the Savoy vase)".