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Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Gong)

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 70,000 USD

Property from the Collection of Michael and Renee Silverstein

Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Gong)

Untitled (Gong)

Estimate:

50,000

to
- 70,000 USD

Lot sold:

50,400

USD

Property from the Collection of Michael and Renee Silverstein

Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Gong)


1972

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.

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.

Staempfli Gallery, New York, 1972
Christie's East, New York, February 28, 1999, lot 92
DeLorenzo Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Nancy N. Schiffer and Val O. Bertoia, The World of Bertoia, Atglen, PA, 2003, p. 230 (for photographs of a related example installed in Bertoia’s sound studio)
Celia Bertoia, The Life and Work of Harry Bertoia, Atglen, PA, 2015, pp. 134-135 (for a photograph of a related example installed in Bertoia’s sound studio)
Beverly H. Twitchell, Bertoia, New York, 2019, p. 246 (for a related example)

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.