80,000 - 120,000 USD
Ground Breaking: Works from the Collection of Joseph and Blanche Blank
bronze-coated steel, bronze
43 1/2 in. (109.6 cm) high
19 1/2 in. (48.7 cm) diameter
Overall in very good condition. The piece has recently been cleaned and waxed by a professional conservator and presents with oxidation and verdigris marks throughout consistent with age and the artist’s intent. The patina presents with areas of scattered losses throughout most visible on the base and the tip of the stems. The stems and base with very minor surface irregularities to the metal inherent to the making and consistent with the artist’s practice. The stems have recently been professionally straightened and appear more aligned than it is pictured in the catalogue photography.
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.
This lot is offered together with a certificate of authenticity from the Harry Bertoia Foundation, Bozeman, Montana.