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Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Dandelion)

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 200,000 USD

Property from an Important Private Collection, Manhattan

Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Dandelion)

Untitled (Dandelion)

Estimate:

150,000

to
- 200,000 USD

Lot sold:

1,943,900

USD

Property from an Important Private Collection, Manhattan

Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Dandelion)


1958

stainless steel wires, chrome-plated tubular steel, marble 

83 in. (210.8 cm) high

31 1/2  in. (80 cm) maximum diameter

Overall in very good condition. An early version of one of Harry Bertoia’s most celebrated and popular forms, the present Dandelion presents with a magnificent composition and displays the artist’s skilful use of metals. The bristles present with very light oxidation and verdigris marks consistent with age and only visible when closely inspected. Some bristles are slightly misaligned, which is common for such works. The welded bronze elements at the center of the floral element with some light oxidation throughout, as intended by the artist and consistent with the natural evolution of the medium. The central stem presents with light surface scratches, and rests within a marble base in very good condition. The marble with small abrasions to the corners, the largest measuring approximately 1/2 inch long and not affecting the artistic integrity of the piece. A dazzling and spectacular piece with great 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.

Gift from the artist to Florence Knoll Bassett, 1958 
Phillips New York, June 9, 2010, lot 103
Acquired from the above by the present owner
June Kompass Nelson, Harry Bertoia: Sculptor, Detroit, 1970, pl. 68-69 (for drawings of related examples)
Nancy N. Schiffer and Val O. Bertoia, The World of Bertoia, Atglen, 2003, p. 126 (for a related example)
Beverly H. Twitchell, Bertoia, New York, 2019, p. 203 (for a related example)