Lot 50: HARRY BERTOIA, (AMERICAN, 1915-1978), UNTITLED (SONAMBIENT)
December 6, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
Beryllium copper silvered to brass base.
Executed circa 1970.
height: 17 in. (43.2cm)
width: 6 1/2 in. (16.5cm)
depth: 3 3/8 in. (8.6cm)
The Reading Hospital Art Fair.
Collection of Jim & Nan Morrissey, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania (acquired directly from the above).
We are grateful to Val Bertoia of the BertoiaStudio for confirming the authenticity of this work.
A few of the outermost rods are very slightly bent but overall the alignment is good. For example, four out of the six rods on one of the long ends are slightly out of alignment such that the rod at the end of the row overlaps slightly at the top with the second one and the first two rods in the rows adjacent are similarly bent very slightly. The color of the rods in the bottom 2 inches is a slightly more reddish hue than the base and the rest of the rods. Also the uppermost 1/4 inch of the rods show a slight variation in tone from the rest. Five rods near the center with a faint gray smudge presenting in a crescent shape across those rods. The base with six areas where the golden color has been stained to a dark brown. This is mostly near the edges and the edges of where the rods are fused to the base, as evident in the catalogue illustration.
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