60,000 - 80,000 USD
nickel alloy melt coated with brass and copper
38 1/2 in. (97.7 cm) high
18 in. (45.7 cm) maximum diameter
Overall in very good condition. Acquired from the Museum of Modern Art in 1959 where it was first exhibited, this particularly rare and early Flower piece by Harry Bertoia is enhanced with rich provenance and an unusual and poetic composition. The sculpture’s dynamic structure opens up in the back in a backwards ‘T’ shape and includes large floral stems which, like the artist’s seminal Sonambient series, generate sound when struck. The metal surfaces have recently been cleaned and waxed by a professional conservator. When viewed in person, the metal coated with brass and copper presents with a dynamic color palette and a range of variegated hues ranging from gold to dark bronze with occasional hints of green. The metal presents with light oxidation throughout consistent with age, areas of light discoloration concentrated to the base and central stem as well as minor corrosion to the metal concentrated to the central stem and the flower stems.
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, St. George, Utah.