Charlotte & Peter Fiell, eds, scandinavian design, Cologne, 2002, p. 626 Eric Philippe, Paavo Tynell, exh. cat., Paris, 2010, p. 63 for a drawing, p. 64
Initially trained as a tinsmith and later a blacksmith specialising in metal finishes, Tynell chose metal, principally brass, as the core material of his sculptural lighting, incorporating leather, wicker and cloth into their designs. In 1918, Tynell co-founded the metal firm Oy Taito Ab, for which he produced the lighting designs of Alvar Aalto, including those for the Paimio Sanatorium, Savoy Restaurant, and Viipuri Library. Like Alvar Aalto, Tynell drew much of his inspiration from the landscape of his native Finland, introducing naturalistic forms into many of his works.
Overall good condition consistent with age and gentle use. Oxidation, tarnishing and rubbing to the brass shade and base of the lamp. The interior of the shade with yellowing to the white paint and some paint losses. The wrapped cane in good condition. The light switch seems to be newer. Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and suggests having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."