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Harry Bertoia (Italian/American, 1915-1978) Cube Sculpture

Auction:
2896B
Lot:
398
Sold for:
$9,840$8,000

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Auction:
American & European Works of Art - 2896B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
May 13, 2016 4:00PM

Description:

Harry Bertoia (Italian/American, 1915-1978)

Cube Sculpture
Signed "Harry Bertoia" on a piece of paper attached to the base.
Bronze, 6 x 7 x 2 1/2 in. (15.2 x 17.7 x 6.3 cm), without base.
Condition: Green patina, dust to interstices.

N. B. Italian-born American artist, Harry Bertoia is known for his abstract sculpture, jewelry, and modern furniture design. As a teenager he immigrated with his father to Detroit and attended Michigan's Cranbrook Academy of Art to study metalwork. There, he was exposed to modern Scandinavian design and acquired an appreciation for natural materials and geometric forms. After college, Bertoia produced a number of successful furniture designs for Knoll Associates, but by the mid-1950s, dedicated himself completely to creating fine art sculpture. Always working with metal, Bertoia's creations included large-scale architectural screens, sound sculptures, and smaller-scale geometrical compositions, such as this playful cubic piece.

A certificate of authenticity by Harry Bertoia descendant, Val Bertoia (Bertoia Studio), accompanies this lot.
Estimate $1,000-1,500

Condition: No further condition issues to report. Research from Val Bertoia indicates that this work dates from the 1970s and is melt-formed bronze.



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Keywords

Italy, Bertoia, Cranbrook Educational Community, Decorative arts, Furniture, Harry Bertoia, Knoll, Patina, Sculpture, Sound sculpture

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