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RIIHIMAKI

Riihimaki Glass Works, also known as Riihimaaein Lasi Oy, and is a stylish glass maker from Finland. The Riihimaki factory that was running from 1910 to 1990. I know there are supposed to be accents on the letter "a" but I'm not sure how to do that with HTML. I have a rather thin reference for them and all the glass I have is from one designer, Nanny Still. It's all super cool mid-century modern stuff.

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Description, References and Size

This is a small dark green tear drop shaped SV6410 decanter with a conical stopper with a folded over tip. Design by Nanny Still, and produced circa. 1950-60.

I have never seen this decanter described as being the in the shape of liquor still, and that the designers name is Nanny Still. Is she saying something and punning with words in this design or am I reading too much into this. There are other decanter designs that are described as being in the shape of a still and they have the same distinctive stopper shape. My reference shows this also comes in a pale pink colour.

Reference: Miller's 20th Century Glass, Andy McConnell, page 214

Reference: The Decanter Ancient to Modern, Andy McConnell, page 450

Height: 9 inches

Width: 3 inches

This is a small dark green round bottomed SV6410 shot glass. Design by Nanny Still, and made circa. 1950-60.

The glass to go with this decanters is very simple and not very memorable. I suspect there are dozens of these floating around in charity shops for no value whilst there are plenty of people, like me, who would like more to make a set of six. I had two glasses, but I was visiting an antiques centre for a video and saw the holy grail in the form of a bottle without a stopper and five glasses. I bought them at a bargain price, so now I have a decanter and seven glasses, I just need another stopper.

Reference: Miller's 20th Century Glass, Andy McConnell, page 214

Reference: The Decanter Ancient to Modern, Andy McConnell, page 450

Height: 2.5 inches

Width: 2 inches

This is a Flindari dark green decanter shaped like a disc with waffle moulding in the the flat sides of the disc. The stopper is a blown ball. Design by Nanny Still, and made circa. 1964-68.

This service won the International Design Award of the American Institute of of Interior Deisgners in 1965. I don't know how prestigious this award is but this design clearly has a bit of pedigree. The are other shapes of decanters with the same embossed pattern, and in other colours, including clear, blue and amber.

Reference: Miller's 20th Century Glass, Andy McConnell, page 216

Reference: Modern Glass, Geoffrey Beard, page 54

Reference: The Decanter Ancient to Modern, Andy McConnell, page 451

Height: 9 inches

Width: 5.75 inches

This is a small Flindari dark green tumbler, with alternating panels of waffle moulding and smooth on its sides. Design by Nanny Still, and made circa. 1964-68.

This glass has not pontil and whilst I think it was hand blown the simple moulded shows this is not about the expense of making but all about the style. It wins from my point of view in that it is of the moment.

Reference: Miller's 20th Century Glass, Andy McConnell, page 216

Reference: Modern Glass, Geoffrey Beard, page 54

Reference: The Decanter Ancient to Modern, Andy McConnell, page 451

Height: 2.25 inches

Width: 2.25 inches

This is a tall hooped cylindrical uranium yellow Sulttaani decanter with a textured surface. The stopper is an open ended onion shape. Design by Nanny Still, and made circa. 1967-69.

The earliest decanter is a bit unusual, the second a bit strange, but this one is just weird. I think it maybe shows Nanny Still's pregression as a designer, just getting more and more out there.

Reference: Miller's 20th Century Glass, Andy McConnell, page 217

Reference: The Decanter Ancient to Modern, Andy McConnell, page 451

Height: 10.5 inches

Width: 3.5 inches

This is a long stemed uranium yellow apperitif Sulttaani glass with a textured and hooped bowl and a thick foot. Design by Nanny Still, and made circa. 1967-69.

The glass is no less weird than the decanter, it's a bit top heavy but the base is also quite thick.

Reference: Miller's 20th Century Glass, Andy McConnell, page 217

Height: 5.5 inches

Width: 1.5 inches

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