Harry Bertoia Brass and Bronze Sonambient Sculpture, USA, 1966 For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 8 images

Harry Bertoia Brass and Bronze Sonambient Sculpture, USA, 1966


A sounding sculpture with straight vertical rods placed in an undulating wave pattern on a flat base. One of the rare small fine wire sonambients that produce a distinctive resonant sound.


  • Condition
  • Dimensions
    H 8.5 in. x W 12 in. x D 4 in.H 21.59 cm x W 30.48 cm x D 10.16 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with the seller on your behalf to ensure you're satisfied with the resolution. Read more

Delivery, Returns & Payment

  • Delivery
    Rates vary by destination and complexity

    Some items may require special handling and packaging. Request a shipping quote to see what options are available to your destination.

  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 7 days of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Harry Bertoia (Artist)

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.

About the Seller

4.5 / 5
Gold Seller
1stdibs seller since 2005
Located in New York, NY
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Harry Bertoia Bronze Bush Form Sculpture, USA 1...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Figurative Sculptures
An outstanding example of Bertoia's greatly desired Bush form sculptures. The undulating form is consistent with his skill at creating organic forms and his love of nature.
Harry Bertoia Welded Steel and Brass Sculpture,...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Sculptures
Brass, Steel
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...
Harry Bertoia Patinated Bronze Bush Sculpture, ...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s American Abstract Sculptures
An extraordinary example of Bertoia's greatly desired Bush form. It's size and irregular form make this a rare opportunity to acquire an important example of Harry Bertoia's work.
Harry Bertoia Bronze Melt-Pressed Sculpture, US...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Abstract Sculptures
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.
You May Also Like
Harry Bertoia 2 Line Sonambient Sculpture
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1950s American Abstract Sculptures
An elegant sounding sculpture by Harry Bertoia. Simplicity and a great tone.
Harry Bertoia Sonambient Sculpture, 1970
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Sculptures
Brass, Copper
Harry Bertoia sound sculpture USA, 1970 Brass and beryllium copper. Measures: 36 1/8 H x 8 W x 8 D inches. Was originally owned by the daughter of Harry's elder brother....
Midcentury Harry Bertoia Sonambient Sculpture
Harry Bertoia
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures
Brass, Copper
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: ...
Harry Bertoia Gold Plated Bronze Sonambient Scu...
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures
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...
Limited Edition Sonambient Sculpture Designed b...
Harry Bertoia
21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Sculptures
Silver, Brass, Bronze
 Originally designed by Harry Bertoia in 1970 this sonambient sculpture is #81 of a limited edition of 100 reproductions authorized by the Bertoia Estate and Bertoia Studio. The rods...
Sonambient Sculpture in the Style of Harry Bertoia
Harry Bertoia
20th Century Abstract Sculptures
This 38" tall sound sculpture in the style of Harry and Val Bertoia, features nine rods and cylinders reminiscent of cattails.
Bertoia Studio Sonambient Sculpture Featuring 1...
Val Bertoia
1990s American Mid-Century Modern Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures
Brass, Copper
In 1999 Val Bertoia crafted this wonderful sound sculpture from 176 Beryllium Copper rods left over from the remaining inventory of his father, Harry Bertoia. The wires are silvered ...
Harry Bertoia Bronze Multi-Plane Cube Sculpture
Harry Bertoia
Vintage 1960s American Abstract Sculptures
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...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries