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Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Bush)

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 150,000 USD

Property from a Private Collector, New York

Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Bush)

Untitled (Bush)

Estimate:

100,000

to
- 150,000 USD

Lot sold:

113,400

USD

Property from a Private Collector, New York

Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Bush)


circa 1970

welded bronze and copper

24 1/2 in. (62 cm) high

21 3/4 in. (57 cm) maximum diameter

Overall in very good condition. The patinated bronze surfaces have been cleaned by a professional conservator and present with oxidation throughout concentrated to the base and one side of the bush, consistent with age and the artist’s intent. The patina and oxidation to the metal varies from a powdery teal to russet brown and charcoal grey. One side of the Bush with a slightly more pronounced darker area to the tip of the branches. The base with great variety in the texture of the metal which is inherent to the making as well as with spotty and very minimal soiling which is not visible unless closely inspected. The central stem with a triangular structure which is unusual and enhances the artistic quality of the piece. Overall a few of the stems are very slightly misaligned as is typical. A superb Bush form with wonderful scale and sculptural presence. 


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.

Acquired directly from the artist by Michael Hall, New York
Bonhams New York, June 7, 2018, lot 46
Acquired from the above by the present owner
June Kompass Nelson, Harry Bertoia, Sculptor, Detroit, 1970, figs. 63-64 (for related examples)
Nancy N. Schiffer and Val O. Bertoia, The World of Bertoia, Atglen, PA, 2003, pp. 109-113 (for related bush forms)

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