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Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Multi-Plane Construction)

Estimate:

80,000

to
- 120,000 USD

Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Multi-Plane Construction)

Untitled (Multi-Plane Construction)

Estimate:

80,000

to
- 120,000 USD

Lot sold:

94,500

USD

Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Multi-Plane Construction)


circa 1955

brass-coated steel

84 1/2 x 21 1/8 x 15 3/4  in. (213.3 x 55.8 x 40.6 cm)

Overall in very good condition. When viewed in person, this monumental multi-plane construction presents with slightly brighter golden hues than pictured in the catalogue photography. The sculpture presents with scattered surface irregularities which are inherent to production and intentional within the artist’s practice. As pictured in the catalogue photography, the brass-coated surfaces present with some scattered spots of oxidation and rust throughout, mostly concentrated to the rectangular panels, and with some occasional minor verdigris spots, consistent with the natural aging process of the material. The brass coating with some occasional areas of discoloration throughout, which is possibly inherent to production or the result of age and is not visually distracting. Some of the panels with very subtle bending, all stable and not visually distracting. Overall the sculpture has a beautiful organic and handmade quality with an incredibly variegated and textural surface throughout. This sculpture was displayed at one point as a centerpiece on a dining table (which was possibly the purpose for which it was originally commissioned) but it also includes structural provisions for it to be mounted to a wall either vertically or horizontally. If mounted vertically, some additional, very simple mounting hardware would be required at the buyer’s discretion. For more information and images of the work please contact the department. This inherent versatility of the sculpture was integral to the artist’s vision and philosophy. An imaginative piece that captures Bertoia's fascination with nature as well as demonstrates his technical abilities as an expert sculptor in metal.


 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.

Private Collection
Thence by descent to the present owner
Celia Bertoia, The Life and Work of Harry Bertoia, Atglen, PA, 2015, p. 39 (for a related example)
Beverly H. Twitchell, Bertoia, New York, 2019, p. 167 (for a related example)

This lot is offered together with a certificate of authenticity from the Harry Bertoia Foundation, St. George, Utah.

Sculpture was the means by which artist Harry Bertoia expressed his contemplations of nature, spirituality and the cosmos. Embracing the boundlessness and mystery inherent in these themes and concepts, Bertoia permitted interpretation and poetic ambiguity even in the presentation of his works, encouraging the collector to display his sculpture the way it resonated with them most. The present Multi-Plane Construction, which is an impressively large example of the form, was displayed at one point as a centerpiece on a dining table. This was possibly the purpose for which it was originally commissioned, but it also includes structural provisions for it to be mounted to a wall either vertically or horizontally. Its versatility thus imparts life and energy to this work, consistent with the artist's intent and inspiration.