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Harry Bertoia Furniture

Harry Bertoia (Italian American, 1915-1978)

Sculptor, furniture and jewelry designer, graphic artist and metalsmith, Harry Bertoia was one of the great cross-disciplinarians of 20th-century art and design and a central figure in American modernism. Among furniture aficionados he is known for the wire-lattice “Diamond” chair (and its variants such as the tall-backed “Bird” chair) designed for Knoll Inc. and first released in 1952. As an artist, Bertoia is revered for a style that was his alone. Bertoia’s metal sculptures are by turns expressive and austere, powerful and subtle, intimate in scale and monumental. All embody a tension between the intricacy and precision of Bertoia’s forms and the raw strength of his materials: steel, brass, bronze and copper.

     Fortune seemed to guide Bertoia’s artistic development. Born in northeastern Italy, Bertoia immigrated to the United States at age 15, joining an older brother in Detroit. He studied drawing and metalworking in the gifted student program at Cass Technical High School. Recognition led to awards that culminated, in 1937, in a teaching scholarship to attend the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Bloomfield Hills, one of the great crucibles of modernism in America. There, Bertoia made friendships — with architect Eero Saarinen, designers Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Schust Knoll and others — that shaped the course of his life. He taught metalworking at Cranbrook, and when materials rationing during World War II limited the availability of metals, Bertoia focused on jewelry design. He also experimented with monotype printmaking, and 19 of his earliest efforts were bought by the Guggenheim Museum.

     In 1943, he left Cranbrook to work in California with the Eameses, helping them develop their now-famed plywood furniture. (Bertoia received scant credit.) Late in that decade, Florence and Hans Knoll persuaded him to move east and join Knoll Inc. His chairs became, and remain, perennial bestsellers. Royalties allowed Bertoia to devote himself full-time to metal sculpture, a medium he began to explore in earnest in 1947.

     By the early 1950s Bertoia was receiving commissions for large-scale works from architects — the first came via Saarinen — as he refined his aesthetic vocabulary into two distinct skeins. One comprises his “sounding sculptures” — gongs and “Sonambient” groupings of rods that strike together and chime when touched by hand or by the wind. The other genre encompasses Bertoia’s naturalistic works: abstract sculptures that suggest bushes, flower petals, leaves, dandelions or sprays of grass. As you will see on these pages, Harry Bertoia was truly unique; his art and designs manifest a wholly singular combination of delicacy and strength.

Iconic Designs from Harry Bertoia
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Diamond Chair
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Bertoia Side Chair
Bertoia Bench - 400Y/410Y
Bertoia Bench - 400Y/410Y
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Bertoia Bird Chair and Ottoman
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Bird Chair and Ottoman by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, Vintage Original Blue Fabric
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
Vintage original Harry Bertoia bird chair and ottoman. Polished chrome stainless steel rod construction upholstered in original, curly cue bouclé blue fabric. The bird chair is an...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, Full Cover Plum Knoll Tweed
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Saint Petersburg, FL
Fully restored vintage Bertoia diamond chair by Knoll. (2) Available. Our team used the original pattern to recreate a new cover in beautiful plum colored Knoll tweed fabric. Origina...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Harry Bertoia "Diamond" Chair, Knoll Edition
By Harry Bertoia
Located in lyon, FR
Harry Bertoia "Diamond" chair, Knoll Edition. Metal frame, squared metal backrest, armrests in the extension of the backrest. Excellent general condition. Dimensions: 85 D x 5...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Metal

Harry Bertoia Chrome Diamond Chairs by Knoll with Black Seat Covers
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Portland, ME
Authentic Harry Bertoia Diamond chairs made by Knoll, circa 1985. Bertoia's wire chair designs are evergreen icons, and the Diamond chair remains distinctive and striking through the...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Steel, Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Set of 4 Wire Stools by Harry Bertoia for Knoll International
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Doornspijk, NL
The wire bar stool by Harry Bertoia for Knoll International truly is a design icon. This set of four has black metal bases with white metal seats. They were made in the United State...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Metal

Large Val Bertoia 15-Rod "Curve of Sounding Cat Tails" Sculpture
By Harry Bertoia, Val Bertoia
Located in Glendale, CA
Large Val Bertoia 15-Rod "Curve of Sounding Cat Tails" sculpture. A lyrical and musical sound sculpture with certificate of authenticity signed by the artist and son of the original ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Silver, Brass, Copper

Val Bertoia 20-Rod Sonambient Sound Sculpture
By Harry Bertoia, Val Bertoia
Located in Glendale, CA
Val Bertoia 20-Rod Sonambient sound sculpture. A lyrical sculpture with “Certificate of Authenticity” signed by the artist and son of the original designer, Harry Bertoia. Comprised ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Silver, Copper, Brass

Set of Four Original Harry Bertoia for Knoll Black Wire Side Chairs, circa 1960
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Early set of 4 Harry Bertoia for Knoll indoor outdoor black wire dining chairs with 2-piece chair pads. Featuring enameled black wire frame with original two-piece black vinyl seat a...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Steel

Harry Bertoia Chrome Bird Chair
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Den Haag, NL
Harry Bertoia chrome bird chair. Beautiful elegant and iconic design. Chrome. Early edition 1960s. Good condition.      
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Chrome

Harry Bertoia "Sound Column" Sculpture
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A spectacular example. Fully documented and authenticated by Val Bertoia, who said it was the best sound column sculpture his father ever sculpted. It has great tonal qualities, in...
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20th Century American Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Bronze

Harry Bertoia Assymetrical "Spray" Sculpture
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A great example. Fully documented with full provenance.
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20th Century Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Stainless Steel

1950s Green Barstool by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A spare and sculptural stool crafted from shaped steel rods retaining the original woven green wool upholstery. Measures: 40.5" tall, seat height 31". Designed by Harry Bertoia in ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Steel

1960s Fiberglass Shell Barstool by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A barstool with a black fiberglass shell on splayed, painted legs.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Fiberglass

White Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Dronten, NL
Designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll in 1952, the Diamond chair is a classic of steel-rod construction. This example circa 1960, in nice vintage condition with the original upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Steel

Pair of Vintage Mid-Century Modern Diamond Chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a beautiful set of two vintage "Diamond" chairs by famed designer Harry Bertoia manufactured in the USA by Knoll in the 1960s. These two chairs have been fully restored: The...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Metal

Black Diamond Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Boston, MA
Designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll in 1952, the Diamond chair is a classic of steel-rod construction. This 1970s production contrasts a black frame with a seat pad upholstered in an...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Steel

Set of 6 Harry Bertoia Wire Chairs with Original Green Seat Covers, Knoll, USA
By Harry Bertoia
Located in London, GB
A set of 6 Harry Bertoia for Knoll black wire chairs with original green seat covers. In very good vintage condition. Ships worldwide.  
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Metal

Harry Bertoia Maquette for the Fountain at the Philadelphia Civic Center, 1967
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
The actual fountain stood outside the Philadelphia Civic Center until 2000 when it was removed and kept in storage. It was recently acquired by the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hi...
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Bronze

Harry Bertoia Early Wire Form Sculpture, 1952
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
A very early sculpture that represents one of the many stages of Bertoia's experimentation with materials. He felt that "Wire forms have a great range of expressions. Their construct...
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1950s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Wire, Steel

Harry Bertoia Child's Chair in White with Original Knoll Seat Pad, USA, 1960s
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in New York, NY
A universally recognized design, this Bertoia child's chair has a white seat with a black base and the original turquoise seat pad.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Steel

Authentic Knoll Bertoia Asymmetric Chaise
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Authentic Knoll Bertoia asymmetric chaise, with white frame and seat cushion in excellent condition. "Harry Bertoia's 1950 experiment with bending metal rods into practical art pr...
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20th Century Minimalist Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Wire

Harry Bertoia Hand-Hammered Silver Gong Pendant, USA 1975
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Bertoia had a natural talent for working in metal. At Cranbrook Academy of Art he ran the metal studio and often created jewelry for his colleagues and classmates. This piece was mad...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Silver

Monumental Copper Gong by Harry Bertoia
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
A massive copper gong designed and executed during the 1960s by Harry Bertoia. We have added a blackened steel base with stem to support the gong. Measurement is for the gong only.  
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Bronze, Copper

Harry Bertoia Patinated Bronze Gong
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
This gong has an amazingly distinctive form and an incredible patina. It is a smaller scale than the Classic solid bronze gongs he created. It comes with a Stand and mallet of approp...
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Bronze

Harry Bertoia 401 Coffee Table Knoll International USA, 1952
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare model 401 coffee table designed by Harry Bertoia and manufactured by Knoll International, United States 1952. This rare rosewood coffee table was a very early design by Bertoia....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Metal

Harry Bertoia Hand-Forged Silver, Ebony and Silver Wire Pendant, USA, 1942
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
This early wire wrapped pendant was likely made by Harry Bertoia while he was at Cranbrook.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Silver

Harry Bertoia Patinated Silver Brooch with Coral and Ebony, USA, 1943
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
An unusual piece of Bertoia's jewelry with a figurative quality. This brooch was included in an exhibit, "In Nature's Embrace: The World of Harry Bertoia" at the Reading Public Museu...
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1940s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Coral, Silver

Mid-Century Modern Bird Chair in Black by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, Early 1950s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Very early production bird chair in black by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, early 1950s. Professionally cleaned but maintains its original black finish with beautiful patina throughout, ne...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Metal

Harry Bertoia Gong Mallet
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Brooklyn/Toronto, Ontario
An exceptionally rare handmade gong mallet by Harry Bertoia ca, 1960 Harry usually used found objects and spare pieces of wood to create mallets for his various gongs. Ordinarily ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Fruitwood

Harry Bertoia Sculptures from Stemmons Towers Sculpture Garden, Dallas 1964
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
This important grouping of Bertoia sculptures were the centerpiece of the Stemmons Towers International sculpture garden in Dallas, Texas.
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Bronze, Brass

Mid-Century Modern Knoll Bertoia Wire Bar Counter Stool
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Single Knoll bar stool by Harry Bertoia. Seat pad labeled with tag and printed into the fabric Knoll. Has some loss to vinyl coating, pictured. Very tight and sturdy, will make a goo...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Steel

3 Bertoia Chrome Chairs with Green Cushions
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Zurich, CH
3 Bertoia chrome chairs with green cushions.
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Chrome

Important Harry Bertoia Silver, Ebony and Coral Pendant, USA, circa 1950
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Bertoia stopped producing jewelry in the late 1940s except for rare occasions when he would barter a piece in exchange for materials from his metal supplier. This piece has remained ...
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1950s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Coral, Silver

Pair of Harry Bertoia for Knoll Diamond Chairs
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Nice early pair of Harry Bertoia for Knoll diamond chairs. Very early label, these chairs date to the early 1960s mustard colored yellow seat pads in very nice condition! White frame...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Metal

Harry Bertoia for Knoll Associates Molded Shell Stool, Signed First Generation
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This early production and all original Harry Bertoia for Knoll Associates Molded Shell Barstool is a first generation production from the mid/late 1950s to early 1960s and constructe...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Steel

Vintage Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs by H. Bertoia for Knoll, Set of Four
By Harry Bertoia
Located in San Marcos, CA
Here is a beautiful set of four vintage MCM chairs designed by Harry Bertoia and manufactured in the USA by Knoll in the 1960s. This set has been fully restored; each frame has been...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Metal

Harry Bertoia Monumental Brass Sculpture Screen for Florence Knoll, USA 1959
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Sculpture screen from a set of ten commissioned by architect and interior designer Florence Knoll for the First National Bank of Miami. The screens were amongst the earliest of appro...
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1950s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Harry Bertoia Framed Monotype on Rice Paper, USA 1960s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Bertoia created hundreds if not thousands of one of a kind monotypes in his career, often as working drawings for his sculpture works. He employed a variety of techniques to arrive a...
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1960s North American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Paper

Harry Bertoia Framed Monotype on Rice Paper, USA, 1960s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Bertoia created hundreds if not thousands of one of a kind monotypes in his career, often as working drawings for his sculpture works. He employed a variety of techniques to arrive a...
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1960s North American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Paper

Pair of Mid-Century Modern Knoll Diamond Chairs by Harry Bertoia
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Pair of chrome with period 1970 purple fabric diamond chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll.
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Chrome

Harry Bertoia for Knoll Wide White Diamond Chair & Ottoman with Pink Upholstery
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia for Knoll wide version diamond chair with ottoman, frames are original white paint an original but faded pink Knoll textile covers. Minor scuffs to f...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Steel

Harry Bertoia Untitled Suspended Gong Sculpture with COA, circa 1975
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A sublime, single slab gong in cut, hammered and drilled brass by Harry Bertoia with slits at either end, suspended by jute cord. Beautiful scale with surface exhibiting original, un...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Brass

Harry Bertoia Sculptural Kinetic Handcrafted Silver Jewelry Pendant, USA, 1940s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Bertoia learned the craft of metalsmithing at Detroit's Cass Technical School. When he was twenty two years old he was invited by Eliel Saarinen to oversee the metalworking studio at...
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1940s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Sterling Silver

Harry Bertoia Kinetic Steel Wire Form Sculpture, USA 1950s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
An early and rare Kinetic sculpture by Harry Bertoia. The sculpture is made of steel rods with smallish sprouts that seem to grow from the structural base. There is a delicate Kineti...
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1950s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Steel

Harry Bertoia Welded Steel and Brass Sculpture, USA 1950s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
An early and unique welded from by Harry Bertoia. The sculpture's Form is extremely experimental and less formally structured than the majority of works by Bertoia. It is a nice exam...
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1950s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Brass, Steel

Harry Bertoia Stainless Steel Willow Sculpture, USA, 1970s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
A heavy stainless steel base and pole support a spray of hundreds of delicate stainless wires, arcing from the center creating a graceful drape of steel. One of Bertoia's most celebr...
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1970s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Stainless Steel

Harry Bertoia Patinated Bronze Gong
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
This gong has an incredible patina and is a smaller scale than the Classic solid bronze gongs he created.
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Bronze

Harry Bertoia Bronze Melt-Pressed Sculpture, USA, 1960s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Bertoia's pressure melting or forging, technique had its roots in his earlier work in jewelry. Bertoia subjected the metal to heat and the hammer to mold it into the shapes he desired.
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Bronze

Harry Bertoia Mid-Century Modern Diamond Chair for Knoll with Red Seat, 1952
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Belmont, MA
The iconic diamond chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, originally designed in 1952, in black coated metal and red faux leather cushion. The diamond chair is, according to Knoll, an ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Metal

Harry Bertoia Framed Monotype on Rice Paper, USA, 1960s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Bertoia created hundreds if not thousands of one of a kind monotypes in his career, often as working drawings for his sculpture works. He employed a variety of techniques to arrive a...
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Paper

Harry Bertoia Framed Monotype on Rice Paper, USA 1960s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Bertoia created hundreds if not thousands of one of a kind monotypes in his career, often as working drawings for his sculpture works. He employed a variety of techniques to arrive a...
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Paper

1950s Pair of Kids Side Chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll US, 1950s
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Berlin, DE
1950s pair of kids side chairs by Harry Bertoia for Knoll US 1950s Designer Harry Bertoia developed this type of design from the famous 1952 Bertoia chair series. Manufacturer Knol...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Metal

Harry Bertoia for Knoll Child's Side Chair
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in St. Louis, MO
Early Harry Bertoia for Knoll child's wire coated mesh chair. In vintage condition, with some loss to coating, stains, crazing and having all four original floor glides.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Wire Diamond Lounge Chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll in Red
By Harry Bertoia, Knoll
Located in Philadelphia, PA
An iconic Classic designed by Harry Bertoia and produced by Knoll. This model features a chrome-plated steel frame with red fabric cover. Knoll label present on chair frame.
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Steel

Set of 3 Harry Bertoia Wire Chairs for Knoll International, circa 1950
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Paris, FR
Set of 3 Harry Bertoia wire chairs for Knoll International, circa 1950 Original fabric.  
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Metal

Bird Chair and Ottoman by Harry Bertoia for Knoll
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Paris, FR
Bird chair and its ottoman, vintage blue leather. By Harry Bertoia for Knoll. Dimensions of stool : 39 x 60 x 43 cm.
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1970s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Leather

Chrome Children's Bertoia Side Chair with White Seat Cushion by Knoll, Pair
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Van Nuys, CA
Pair of chrome children's Bertoia side chair with white seat cushion by Knoll.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Steel, Chrome

Beautiful Midcentury Slat Bench by Harry Bertoia for Knoll, USA, 1950s
By Knoll, Harry Bertoia
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful modernist ashwood slat bench with an iron base from the 1950s. Designed by Harry Bertoia for Knoll. Restored, in very good condition. The bench also makes a great coffee ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Furniture

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Iron

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