Highlighting the sale is an eclectic collection of ten sculptures by Harry Bertoia that were mostly gifted from the artist to Michael Hall, a family friend. The works span the spectrum of Bertoia’s career from the 1950s to the 1970s and leading the collection is Untitled (Bush Form) circa 1970 (estimate: $80,000-120,000). This magnificent full-bodied piece was inspired by the foliage around Bertoia’s home in rural Pennsylvania. Another one-of-kind work is (Untitled) Sonambient circa 1970, a sound sculpture made of copper rods, one in a circle, and another in a semi-circle configuration (estimate: $40,000-60,000). This work was gifted by Bertoia to Richard Farrell in 1975. Farrell was Vice President and General Council for the Amoco Corporation, and oversaw the construction of the Standard Oil building in Chicago. In 1974, Harry Bertoia was commissioned by the Standard Oil Company to create a series of sculptures for the building’s plaza. The commission became a seminal moment in Bertoia’s stellar career.
Opening Image: Pierre Jeanneret (1896-1967), Pair of Committee Armchairs, circa 1953;
Slider: Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), Taliesin I Table Lamp, circa 1940; George Nakashima (1905-1990), Minguren II Coffee Table, 1981; Claude Lalanne (born 1924), Early Pomme Bouche, circa 1968; Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), Untitled (Bush Form), circa 1970
The sale encompasses over 130 lots.
580 Madison Avenue, New York