Lot 52: HARRY BERTOIA, (AMERICAN, 1915–1978), UNTITLED (SONAMBIENT)
December 6, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
Monel metal silvered to brass base.
Executed circa 1975.
height: 84 1/4 in. (214cm)
width: 12 in. (30.5cm)
depth: 12 in. (30.5cm)
Private Collection, Pennsylvania (acquired directly from the above circa 1970).
We are grateful to Val Bertoia of the BertoiaStudio for confirming the authenticity of this work.
The sculpture is comprised of 21 rods. The color of the base is mottled and varies from brown to darker brown/black. Some darker brown small moisture stains on one side of the base and approx eight areas of oxidation or similar light-colored staining in other areas of the base. In the area where the rods are fused, there is darker coloration on the base. A few rods with a few nicks and scuffs. All of the rods exhibit discoloration, alternating between black and spots of lighter gray in a regular pattern. This is more concentrated in the vertical central third. The cattails also showing nicks, scuffs and wear consistent with contact with other rods. One or two of the rods with diagonal striations of minor scuffs. When the sculpture is at rest, the tops are not exactly in alignment, though none of them have an obvious bend. Showing general wear, but otherwise generally in good condition.
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