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Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

American, Italian, 1915-1978
American, Italian, 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.

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Harry Bertoia Brass Melt Coated Multi Plane Panel Sculpture, USA, 1955
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
The idea of working with flat, metal squares or plates in connection with rods supporting and holding them together fascinated Bertoia. The light falling on these panels and the refl...
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1950s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Brass, Steel

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 Decorative Objects

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Silver, Brass, Copper

Harry Bertoia Bronze 1970's 2 Eye Flat-Head Figural Sculpture
By Harry Bertoia
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Original miniature melt pressed bronze sculpture by Harry Bertoia of a 2 eyed figure, with certificate of authenticity from Val Bertoia. Unsigned.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Harry Bertoia Patinated Solid Bronze Gong Sculpture, USA 1970s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
All of Bertoia's solid gongs possess a wonderful graphic quality but this one has a spiral design that stands out amongst them. It is mounted in a stand for display purposes but when...
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1970s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Harry Bertoia Copper & Brass "Cattail" Sonambient Sculpture, 1970s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
An impressive sounding work by Harry Bertoia, with the "Sonambient" reduced to its most simple and beautiful form. Two slender beryllium rods are placed in close proximity to each ot...
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1970s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Harry Bertoia Bush Form Patinated Copper and Bronze Sculpture, USA, 1968
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
The bush sculptures Harry Bertoia created vary in size density and complexity and this sculpture is an example of one of the more complex and interesting forms. The sculpture has two...
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Copper

Harry Bertoia Spray Sculpture with Rare Flat Rounded Ends, USA 1960s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Harry Bertoia's spray sculptures are one of his most identifiable forms and this one has the additional appeal of the flat rounded bronze ends rarely found on the spray sculptures.
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Stainless 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 Decorative Objects

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Stainless Steel

Harry Bertoia Brass Melt Coat Panel Sculpture Maquette for Bank in NYC, 1950s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
The multi panel melt coat sculpture was a maquette given to George Bunshaft from Harry Bertoia as a gift. He commissioned Bertoia to create his now famous screen for the Manufacturer...
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1950s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Steel, Brass

Harry Bertoia Untitled Patinated Bronze Welded Rod Sculpture, USA 1970s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
This is one of a series of patinated welded bronze sculptures that Bertoia did in the 1960s and 1970s. His work almost always has an organic quality to it and this piece is an excell...
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1970s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Harry Bertoia "Six Branches" Stainless Steel Sculpture, 1960s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
"Six branches" sculpture, with stainless steel wires silvered together in two clusters per "branch" onto stems of stainless steel, by Harry Bertoia, American 1960s. This sculpture co...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Stainless Steel

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 Decorative Objects

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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 Decorative Objects

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Wire, Steel

Large Harry Bertoia Stainless Steel 'Willow' Sculpture
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Harry Bertoia, American (1915-1978). Kinetic stainless steel wires bundled with steel stem, inserted in base on free standing tube and mounted on square base. Gathered wire sculture ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Stainless Steel

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 Decorative Objects

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Coral, 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 Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Copper

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 Decorative Objects

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Silver

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 Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Harry Bertoia "Spray" Sculpture with COA from Beroia Foundation, USA, 1960s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Early example of the iconic spray sculpture by Harry Bertoia. A bundle of stainless steel wires are gathered and inserted into a heavy base. The loose ends are left to drape graceful...
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Stainless Steel

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 Decorative Objects

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Silver

Harry Bertoia Sculpture "SPRAWLING BRONZE"
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Dallas, TX
"Sprawling Bronze" by Harry Bertoia (1915-1978). Pennsylvania, 1970s; Unmarked.
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Late 20th Century American Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Harry Bertoia Monumental Brass Untitled Sonambient Sculpture, USA, 1976
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
An astounding example of Bertoia's sonambient sculptures. The monumental scale of this piece creates a powerful lasting resonating sound.
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1970s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Brass

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 Decorative Objects

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Brass, Steel

Harry Bertoia Maquette for Melt Coat Sculpture Screen for Bank of Miami, 1958
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
This is the maquette for a set of ten sculpture screens commissioned by architect and interior designer Florence Knoll for the First National Bank of Miami. The screens were amongst ...
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1950s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Steel, Brass

Harry Bertoia Untitled Single Row Cattail Sonambient Sculpture, USA, 1977
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
The single row sonambient sculptures possess a simplicity that is very distinctive. This particular sonambient has a wonderful sounding quality due to the unusually elongated cattail...
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1970s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Brass, Bronze, Copper

Harry Bertoia Silicon Bronze & Brass Hollow Gong on Wood Base with Mallet, 1972
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Bertoia's gongs came in many sizes and forms, all creating a distinctive sound quality. The hollow gongs have a very dramatic and almost physically moving effect. Striking different ...
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1970s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Brass, Bronze

Harry Bertoia Brass Melt Coated Sculptural Panel
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Bertoia constructed massive public works, composed of clusters of panels mounted on tree like branches. A dazzling effect was created by the repetitious use of uniquely surfaced and ...
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1950s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Brass, 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 Decorative Objects

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Bronze

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 Decorative Objects

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Steel

Harry Bertoia Sonambient Sculpture Sound Record Collection
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A set of ten sealed unplayed Sonambient LP records by Harry Bertoia of his sound sculptures these ten from the period albums trace his different handcrafted sculptures making the sou...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Plastic

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 Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Harry Bertoia Bundled Wire Sculpture
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Toronto, Ontario
An outstanding example of Harry Bertoia's bundled wire sculptures. This example is one of the largest tabletop versions he ever created. Thousands of thin stainless steel wire bun...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Stainless Steel

Harry Bertoia Beryllium Copper Singing Bars, USA, 1970s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Bertoia was always experimenting with metals and the sound they would create. One of his preferred metals was beryllium copper. These two rods slowly float until they make contact an...
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1970s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Copper

Harry Bertoia Sculpture
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Chicago, IL
Bertoia Studios 1963 spill casting sculpture. Solid Bronze with applied patina. Comes with original drawing signed Harry Bertoia.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Harry Bertoia Double Wire Spray Sculpture
By Harry Bertoia
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Harry Bertoia created numerous bundled wire sculptures from the late 1950s until the mid-1970s. This example is a large and interesting table-top variation. Sculpture comes with au...
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Stainless Steel

Harry Bertoia Stainless Steel & Gypsum Bundled Wire Form Sculpture, USA 1960
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Imaginative work by Harry Bertoia featuring stainless steel wires bundled together. The wire bundles are set into a block of gypsum at top and bottom. A very unusual form with rarely...
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Stainless Steel

Harry Bertoia Two Column Sonambient Sculpture, USA, 1960s
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
An atypical form for Beartoia's (1915-1978) sonambients given it's split in the centre of the rods. I desirable size for display in the home and a typically wonderful sound quality.
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Bronze, Copper

Midcentury Harry Bertoia Sonambient Sculpture
By Harry Bertoia
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Midcentury Harry Bertoia Sonambient sculpture featuring seven black monel "cat-tail" tops silvered to beryllium. Copper rods silvered to brass base. In fine condition. Measures: ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Brass, Copper

Harry Bertoia Multi-Plane Wall Sculpture, circa 1958
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Southampton, NJ
A multi-plane construction wall hanging sculpture. Brass melt - coated steel Includes the original correspondence from Harry Bertoia. Remarkably similar to the sculpture at the Geor...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Brass, Steel

Sonambient Sculpture by Harry Bertoia
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Rare Harry Bertoia sonambient sculpture. Pair of off-axis bronze rod arrays silver soldered onto a solid bronze base, circa 1967. Sold with a certificate of authenticity by the Hary ...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Gold Plate, Brass, Steel

Harry Bertoia Bush Sculpture
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Rare patinated bronze bush form, circa 1970 Provenance: Mangel Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 1970s; Descended in the family.
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1970s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Copper, Bronze

Double Hanging Willow from the Seattle First National Bank
By Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Harry Bertoia. Double hanging willow from the Seattle First National Bank, Seattle, Washington, 1968. Stainless steel.
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Stainless Steel

Harry Bertoia Bronze Multi-Plane Cube Sculpture
By Harry Bertoia
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A fine example from this series of work. The surface of the brass-coated bronze plates show a stunning Patinated irregular surface in rouge reds, gold and Verdi gris green Possibl...
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1960s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Harry Bertoia Gold Plated Bronze Sonambient Sculpture
By Harry Bertoia
Located in St. Louis, MO
Harry Bertoia gold plated bronze Sonambient sculpture, diagonal double tonal, circa 1965. Two groupings of thin rods at different angles on poured slab of bronze. Purchased from est...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Bronze

Val Bertoia Double Vertical Spray Sculpture, Steel Wires with Brass Base, 2014
By Val Bertoia, Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary artist Val Bertoia's Double Vertical Spray Sculpture made in 2014. This Kinetic sculpture was made by cutting one grouping of stainless-steel wires that were made by Har...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Stainless Steel, Brass

Val Bertoia Corner Sound Sculpture, 2008
By Val Bertoia, Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary artist Val Bertoia's Corner Sound Sculpture made in 2008 is part of the Bertoia Sonambient series. It's made of 11 copper tops silvered to monel rods then silvered to a ...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Copper, Brass

Val Bertoia Relaxing Spray Sculpture, 2014
By Val Bertoia, Harry Bertoia
Located in New York, NY
Contemporary artist Val Bertoia's Relaxing Spray Sculpture made in 2014. This kinetic sculpture is made of two groupings of stainless-steel wires that were made by Harry Bertoia (cir...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Steel

Harry Bertoia Bracelet Sculpted and Worn by Harry Himself
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Dallas, TX
In the 1970s Kaaren Berntsen of Oslo, Norway invited Harry Bertoia to create a line of jewelry produced in limited editions. The present lot was likely made by Bertoia for this proje...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Brass

Large Willow Sculpture by Harry Bertoia
By Harry Bertoia
Located in Atlanta, GA
Stunning wire sculpture by Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978). Made of stainless steel in free standing form. Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist by the current owner in ...
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1970s American Vintage Harry Bertoia Decorative Objects

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Stainless Steel

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