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Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Fantasyscape)

Drawn Together: The Collection of Marcia and Stanley Gumberg

Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Fantasyscape)

Untitled (Fantasyscape)

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Drawn Together: The Collection of Marcia and Stanley Gumberg

Harry Bertoia

Untitled (Fantasyscape)


1956

brass, chrome

5⅛ x 30 x 3 in. (13 x 76.2 x 7.6 cm)

Overall in very good condition. The brass-coated surfaces present with scattered surface irregularities and color variations inherent to production and intentional within the artist’s practice. As illustrated in the catalogue photography, the brass-coated surfaces present with some scattered traces of white residue, oxidation, rust and occasional minor verdigris spots throughout, consistent with the natural aging process of the material. Some of the decorative elements display very subtle bending, all stable and not visually distracting.


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.

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Acquired directly from the artist by Fairweather Hardin Gallery, Chicago, 1956
Sarabel Florsheim, 1959
Thence by descent
Sotheby's New York, November 10, 2004, lot 205
Acquired from the above by the present owner
This lot is offered together with a certificate of authenticity from the Harry Bertoia Foundation, St. George, Utah.

Over the course of his lifetime, Harry Bertoia produced a prolific and diverse oeuvre of sculptures. Each of these works was the result of his experimentation with metalworking techniques as well as a reflection of his love of nature. The present lot is an example of what Bertoia referred to as “fantasyscapes.” Comprised of eleven abstract elements welded to a horizontal plane, the piece resembles a whimsical golden forest. The varied scale and spacing of forms evoke the sprouting of trees while the texture of the brass surface further enhances the organic quality of the work. Executed in 1956, the “fantasyscape” was owned by philanthropist Sarabel Florsheim for almost five decades before entering the esteemed collection of Marcia and Stanley Gumberg. Its imaginative composition and skillful craftsmanship make this a distinctive gem by Bertoia.