Lot 116
  • 116

HARRY BERTOIA | Untitled (Dandelion)

Estimate
200,000 - 300,000 USD
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Description

  • Harry Bertoia
  • Untitled (Dandelion)
  • gilt stainless steel, granite base
  • 75 1/2¬† in. (191.7 cm)¬†high31 in. (78.7 cm) diameter
  • circa 1963

Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by Consolidated Gas Company, Detroit, Michigan, 1963
ANR Storage Company, Troy, Michigan
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

June Kompass Nelson, Harry Bertoia, Sculptor, Detroit, 1970, p. 103, fig. 67
Nancy N. Schiffer and Val O. Bertoia, The World of Bertoia, Atglen, PA, 2003, p. 130
Celia Bertoia, The Life and Work of Harry Bertoia, Atglen, PA, 2015. pp. front cover and 150-151 (for related models)

Condition

Overall in very good condition. The bristles with some very minor bending, consistent with age and gentle handling. Six rods have been professionally and sensitively repatinated by a professional metal conservator. The central stem with very minor loss to the gilt finish and minute abrasions below the dandelion assembly. The central stem rests within a later granite base executed by Val Bertoia, which presents with a few very minor isolated areas of light wear and discoloration concentrated to one side of the base, not visually distracting. The catalogue photograph presents a subtler shine to the gilt wires, and when viewed in person, the gilt wires presents with a rich and almost aura-like sheen.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Catalogue Note


This lot is offered together with a certificate of authenticity from the Harry Bertoia Foundation, Bozeman, Montana.