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  • Provenance

    Estate of Harry Bertoia, Bally, Pennsylvania

  • Catalogue Essay

    “I accidentally struck one rod when I wanted to bend it.  The sound echoed in my mind for a very long time.  Then it initiated a deliberate gesture in search of understanding what a group of wires could do - and that process is still going on.”    -Harry Bertoia, Marshall University Art Gallery catalogue, 1974 (reproduced in Schiffer and Bertoia, The World of Bertoia, 2003)
    The offered lot is considered to be Bertoia’s first experimental vertical element for sound and the precursor to what would become his most recognizable art form, the sounding "Sonambient" sculpture.

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Important single-rod “Sonambient” sculpture

ca. 1960
Copper tube, brass.
94 x 6 x 6 in. (238.8 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm)
Together with a certificate of authenticity from Val Bertoia.

Estimate
$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $49,000

Design & Design Art

13 Dec 2007, 2pm
New York