Lot 23
  • 23

Harry Bertoia

30,000 - 50,000 USD
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  • Harry Bertoia
  • Untitled (Gong)
  • patinated bronze


Gifted by the artist to Edward Flanagan, circa 1972
Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 2011

Catalogue Note

The present lot is accompanied by certificates of authenticity from Val Bertoia and the Harry Bertoia Foundation.

Edward Flanagan began working in Bertoia’s studio shortly after graduating from high school.  He worked there alongside his brother, James, and he spent seventeen cherished years assisting Bertoia, learning as much from the artist about life and art as he did about metalworking.  Each year for his holiday bonus, Bertoia gave Flanagan a sculpture of his choosing.  The present gong with textured hammer marks was one of these gifts, retained by Flanagan in his home for decades, as was the hanging willow prototype (lot 27).