Property from the Estate of Andrew Hartnagle
UNTITLED ("SHOT FUSION" SCULPTURE)
10¾ x 9 x 8¾ in. (27.3 x 22.8 x 22.2 cm)
Overall in very good condition. This rare sculpture by Harry Bertoia includes an irregular, abstract construction supported by a central rod and a square-shaped base. The sculpture when viewed in person exhibits complex hues ranging from bright copper to bright blue-green. The patinated bronze surfaces present with expected oxidation and verdigris throughout consistent with age and the natural evolution of the medium, as well as very minute pinholes which are not visible unless closely inspected. Some of the very small ball-shaped elements of the construction may have been lost at some point in the history of the piece, which is expected and not visible. The recessed areas with some light accumulated dust consistent with age. The underside of the base with a protective fabric surface. A superb form in well-preserved condition.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.
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 INCLUDED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Nancy N. Schiffer and Val O. Bertoia, The World of Bertoia, Atglen, PA, 2003, p. 95 (for the present lot illustrated)
This lot is offered together with a certificate of authenticity from the Harry Bertoia Foundation, Bozeman, Montana.