Sale 16PT02 | Lot 7

Harry Bertoia

Catalogue: Post War & Contemporary Art
Harry Bertoia

Lot Details

Lot 7
Harry Bertoia
American, 1915-1978
Willow, circa 1975
Stainless steel
52 1/2 x 30 x 30 inches (133.35 x 76.2 x 76.2 cm)

Purchased directly from the artist by the current owner, Jan. 3rd, 1976
Includes original receipt with sculpture rendering
Harry Bertoia's legendary farm in Bally, PA was many things: purchased with the funds he received from the design of his iconic Diamond Chair for Knoll International, the rural Berks County locale allowed Bertoia an easy commute to Knoll's Design and Development space in nearby East Greenville. The farm was also home to his family, studio, and many sculptures. Greeted by Bertoia upon their visit in 1976, the consignors of the present work were given the full tour of the artist's barn (which doubled as his showroom), where Bertoia played several of the sonambient sculptures on view, displaying their otherworldly atmospheric tones. The "Willow" sculpture, acquired that same day, is a scarce and beloved example of Bertoia's works drawn from nature, related to the artist's Bush and Dandelion form sculptures. Its steel wires drape gracefully, swaying and undulating akin to the tree branches of its namesake. Bertoia himself wrapped the work and packed it into their car for safe transport back to their home. Less than two years later, Harry Bertoia passed away while at his farm, while his Willow has lived on in the couple's home, made all the more special by the unique experience the owners had while visiting with the artist, a true icon of 20th Century art and design.

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Sold for $37,500 (includes buyer's premium)

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Overall good condition.

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Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Sold for $37,500 (includes buyer's premium)

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Post War & Contemporary Art

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