Lot 47: HARRY BERTOIA, (AMERICAN, 1915-1978), SEA ANEMONE (BUSH)
December 6, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
SEA ANEMONE (BUSH)
Bronze with patina.
Executed circa 1970.
height: 21 in. (53.3cm)
width: 19 1/2 in. (49.5cm)
depth: 19 1/2 in. (49.5cm)
Collection of Jim & Nan Morrissey, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.
We are grateful to Val Bertoia of the BertoiaStudio for confirming the authenticity of this work.
With accumulated dust and surface debris throughout, and particularly concentrated at the center.
The patina of the stem varies in color from a caramel hue to a darker brown hue. There are flecks of green on the upper portion of the stem. The bottom 1/4-1/2 inch of the stem exhibits wear such that spots of a goldish color are visible. Above this, there is an approx. 3/4 inch area of darker coloring which is also slightly rougher in texture than the rest of the smooth base. This may be the finish or it may be something on the surface.
The central "hub" of the bush exhibits some discoloration and flecks of green and goldish color.
The patina of the branchs varies from brown-ish to a reddish-gold-brown color as you approach the outer perimeter of the bush. The knobs at the ends of the branches are green in some places and brown in others.
Overall in good, original condition.
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Harry Bertoia was a pioneering and prolific master of Modern Arts and Design. His diverse oeuvre includes sculpture, furniture, design, jewelry, prints and drawings.
Bertoia first rose to prominence through his work with the renowned furniture and design company, Knoll, Inc. Hans and Florence Knoll had taken notice of Bertoia''s work while he was a student at The Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and invited him to join their eponymous firm. Bertoia enjoyed tremendous success with Knoll, particularly upon the design and production of his now famous ''Diamond Chair,'' which has become an icon of mid-century Modernism. Soon, with his reputation firmly established and his roots solidly planted in his Bally, Pennsylvania studio, Bertoia turned his interest and attention toward creating the dynamic and elegant sculptures for which he is so well-known today.
Throughout his career, Bertoia was heavily influenced by nature and organic patterns, and created many bush-like pieces. Sea Anemone (Bush) is a particularly successful example of these works. Its dense concentration of branches lends it a certain solidity, while - conversely - the delicacy of the individual stems conveys a gentle elegance. Asymmetrical, the form surges and swells around its axis, activating and engaging the empty space around it with a dynamic energy.