Nancy N. Schiffer and Val O. Bertoia, The World of Bertoia, Atglen, PA, 2003, p. 190 (for a related example) Harry Bertoia, Decisi Che Una Sedia Non Poteva Bastare, exh. cat., Museo Civico d'Arte, Prodenone, 2009, p. 186 (for a related example)
This lot is offered together with a certificate of authenticity from the Harry Bertoia Foundation, Bozeman, Montana.
Overall in very good condition. The metal surfaces with some occasional light surface scratches and minor discolorations, consistent with age and gentle handling. One of the cattails with a minor dent, not visually distracting and consistent with age and handling. A few rods display very slight and gentle bending, not visually distracting. The cattail tops display a warm golden hue and present with some oxidation to the lower portions. The base presents with some light surface soiling and discoloration concentrated to the area of the rods. The base with light soiling and discoloration concentrated to the central area with the rods, consistent with the material over time and common in these works. A beautiful example of Harry Bertoia's sound sculptures with nice scale. 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.