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Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Bush)

Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Bush)

Untitled (Bush)

Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Bush)


1976

welded bronze

20 1/2 in. (52 cm) high

21 3/4 in. (58 cm) maximum diameter

Overall in very good condition. With a composition reminiscent of two lungs, the present Bush includes two distinct bushy sides joined at the center by a rectangular bronze panel and a central stem. The patinated bronze surfaces present with oxidation throughout concentrated to the welded bronze floral elements and stems, consistent with age and the artist’s intent. The patina and oxidation to the metal varies from a powdery teal (concentrated to the lower and outer sides of the bush) to a dark grey throughout. Overall a few of the stems are very slightly misaligned which is typical for these forms. The base presents with great variety in texture and colors of the metal ranging from copper and dark brown to a dark grey which is inherent to the making. The base with minute and scattered verdigris marks consistent with age and the natural evolution of the medium. A superb Bush 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 Benjamin Mangel Gallery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, 1976
Collection of Jim and Nan Morrissey, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania
Freeman's Auctions, Philadelphia, December 6, 2016, lot 47
Acquired from the above by the present owner
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, St. George, Utah.