Harry Bertoia - Design New York Thursday, June 9, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist, 1970s
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Literature

    Nancy N. Schiffer and Val O. Bertoia, The World of Bertoia, Atglen, 2003, pp. 97-98, 100 for similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    Harry Bertoia’s explorations into welding bronze in the late 1960s developed into fountain forms such as the present lot. He referred to these forms as "fountain maquettes" for their wavy motion-invoking design. In some cases these maquettes did lead to large-scale sculptures, for example the fountains at the Civic Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, Buffalo, New York, and the Memorial Fountain at Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia.

Property from a Private Collection, Pennsylvania


Maquette for a fountain sculpture

circa 1968
Welded and patinated bronze.
13 1/2 x 33 1/2 x 24 in. (34.3 x 85.1 x 61 cm)
Together with a drawing of this work signed by the artist.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $52,500

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New York Auction 9 June 2016