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Harry Bertoia (1915-1978)
Property from an Important American Collection
Harry Bertoia (1915-1978)

Sculpture of Sonambient

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Harry Bertoia (1915-1978)
Sculpture of Sonambient
beryllium copper and brass
104 x 14 x 14 in. (264.1 x 35.5 x 35.5 cm.)
Executed in 1977.
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner, 1977

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Lot Essay

“Color, movement, a sensuous tactile enjoyment of surfaces, all these are integral components of Bertoia’s sculpture. They are full of joie de vivre, and instantly appealing…He transforms brass and bronze, stainless steel and nickel rods into rustling wheat fields, into sound waves which swell from a whisper into haunting voices of distant church bells. These shimmering constructions delight the eye as well as the ear, and radiate an uncomplicated and positive acceptance of life. Technically, they are sophisticated, impeccably built and of faultless precision.”

George W. Staempfli, Harry Bertoia Recent Sculpture, Staempfli, New York, 1968, p. 2.

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