50,000 - 70,000 USD
Property from the Collection of Michael and Renee Silverstein
together with a wooden mallet
silicon bronze, brass, painted wood base
76 1/8 x 36 x 15 in. (193.5 x 91.4 x 38.1 cm) including base
Overall in very good condition. The present piece is a rare and monumental example of Harry Bertoia’s Gongs, which presents with a single sheet of silicon bronze that is slightly curved outward on each side. The metal surfaces present with light oxidation throughout consistent with age and the artist’s intent, resulting in beautiful color variations throughout ranging from gold to dark copper. Some very fine surface scratches and edge indentations to the metal throughout. The metal with occasional verdigris marks concentrated to the lower edge of the gong element and not visually distracting,
The painted wood base with scratches throughout and minor edge abrasions. The corners with some very minor losses to the wood.
This lot is offered together with a wooden mallet in very good functional condition. An exceptional piece that further adds to the artist’s never-ending exploration of the intersection between sound and sculpture.
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.
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This lot is offered together with a certificate of authenticity from the Harry Bertoia Foundation, St. George, Utah, and with a copy of a certificate of authenticity from Val Bertoia.