1 of 4 images

Organic Spill Cast Iron Wall Sculpture After Harry Bertoia

About

A spill cast wall sculpture of an organic form in cast iron with an overall matte finish accentuated with polished and burnished highlights. American, circa 1970.

Details

  • Materials and techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 28 in. x W 30 in. x D 3 in.

    H 71.12 cm x W 76.2 cm x D 7.62 cm

  • Seller location
    New York, NY
  • Seller reference number
    09060905
  • Reference number
    U0903148040638

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Harry Bertoia (Designer)

Sculptor, furniture and jewelry designer, graphic artist and metalsmith, Harry Bertoia was one of the great cross-disciplinarians of 20th-century art and design and a central figure in American modernism. Among furniture aficionados he is known for the wire-lattice “Diamond” chair (and its variants such as the tall-backed “Bird” chair) designed for Knoll Inc. and first released in 1952. As an artist, Bertoia is revered for a style that was his alone. Bertoia’s metal sculptures are by turns expressive and austere, powerful and subtle, intimate in scale and monumental. All embody a tension between the intricacy and precision of Bertoia’s forms and the raw strength of his materials: steel, brass, bronze and copper.

     Fortune seemed to guide Bertoia’s artistic development. Born in northeastern Italy, Bertoia immigrated to the United States at age 15, joining an older brother in Detroit. He studied drawing and metalworking in the gifted student program at Cass Technical High School. Recognition led to awards that culminated, in 1937, in a teaching scholarship to attend the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Bloomfield Hills, one of the great crucibles of modernism in America. There, Bertoia made friendships — with architect Eero Saarinen, designers Charles and Ray Eames and Florence Schust Knoll and others — that shaped the course of his life. He taught metalworking at Cranbrook, and when materials rationing during World War II limited the availability of metals, Bertoia focused on jewelry design. He also experimented with monotype printmaking, and 19 of his earliest efforts were bought by the Guggenheim Museum.

     In 1943, he left Cranbrook to work in California with the Eameses, helping them develop their now-famed plywood furniture. (Bertoia received scant credit.) Late in that decade, Florence and Hans Knoll persuaded him to move east and join Knoll Inc. His chairs became, and remain, perennial bestsellers. Royalties allowed Bertoia to devote himself full-time to metal sculpture, a medium he began to explore in earnest in 1947.

     By the early 1950s Bertoia was receiving commissions for large-scale works from architects — the first came via Saarinen — as he refined his aesthetic vocabulary into two distinct skeins. One comprises his “sounding sculptures” — gongs and “Sonambient” groupings of rods that strike together and chime when touched by hand or by the wind. The other genre encompasses Bertoia’s naturalistic works: abstract sculptures that suggest bushes, flower petals, leaves, dandelions or sprays of grass. As you will see on these pages, Harry Bertoia was truly unique; his art and designs manifest a wholly singular combination of delicacy and strength.

About the Seller

Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2005
Typical response time: <1 hr
Located in New York, NY
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
NaN

Illuminated Brutalist Wall Sculpture by Silas S...

Silas Seandel

American Wall-mounted Sculptures

Brass, Steel

A complex three dimensional illuminated wall sculpture in a Brutalist geometric abstract pattern with torch cut metal, rough weld patterns, and a multicolored textured finish conceal...

NaN

Post Modern Neon Light Sculpture Torchiere afte...

Rudi Stern

American Floor Lamps

Steel

An avant garde light sculpture with a functional uplight torchiere. A single vertical blue green neon tube with a flexible webbed plastic diffuser, mounted in a minimalist black enam...

NaN

Brutal Iron and Bronze Sunflower Sculpture Sign...

Faizman

American Sculptures

Iron, Bronze

A one of a kind bronze and iron sculpture of a sunflower in a Brutalist construction technique with rough cuts, welds, and finish. Signed Faizman, American, circa 1970.

NaN

"Black Cube" Aluminum Sculpture by Alfredo Halegua

Alfredo Halegua

American Sculptures

An enigmatic aluminum sculpture in a cube form with perfectly balanced negative space cut-outs in a matte black finish, by sculptor Alfredo Halegua. Uraguaian born Halegua is known f...

NaN

Acrylic Rainbow Triangular Sculpture by Dennis ...

Dennis Byng

American Sculptures

Acrylic

A wonderful triangular acrylic block in layers of clear, green, blue, orange and crimson acrylic that creates a floating effect. By Dennis Byng, American, circa 1970.

NaN

"U Tube Light" Sculpture by Christopher Sproat

Christopher Sproat

American More Lighting

Steel, Plexiglass

A fantastic light sculpture comprising an elongated U-shaped white neon tube held within a three-sided Plexiglas frame mounted on a painted steel base. Sproat designed a series of th...

NaN

Ceramic 'Tribal' Mask by Società Anonima Cerami...

Urbano Zaccagnini

Italian Decorative Art

Ceramic

A figural ceramic mask dish comprising a tooled edge, an impressed tribal design in white crackle glaze on a matte brown ground. Signed to the base. By Società Anonima Ceramiche Zacc...

NaN

Pair of African Horns on Lucite Bases after Kar...

African Sculptures

Horn, Lucite

A unique pair of African Horn decorative objects each mounted on a square Lucite base. Probably from a Nyala or a Kudu, both animals native to Africa. Horns, circa 19th century. Luc...

You May Also Like
NaN

American Iron Wall Sculpture in the Style of Ha...

Harry Bertoia

American Abstract Sculptures

Iron wall hanging sculpture in the style of Harry Bertoia, USA, circa 1950.  

NaN

Midcentury Harry Bertoia Sonambient Sculpture

Harry Bertoia

American Abstract Sculptures

Brass, Copper

Midcentury Harry Bertoia Sonambient sculpture featuring seven black monel "cat-tail" tops silvered to beryllium. Copper rods silvered to brass base. In fine condition. Measures: ...

NaN

Harry Bertoia Wire Form Sculpture 1965

Harry Bertoia

American Sculptures

Stainless Steel, Steel, Wire

Large "Bundle Formed" sculpture by Harry Bertoia. Kinetic sculpture of steel wires that sway gently to the touch. Measure 57 inches tall on a square 9x9 inch stainless steel base.

NaN

Large Willow Sculpture by Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia

American Abstract Sculptures

Stainless Steel

Stunning wire sculpture by Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978). Made of stainless steel in free standing form. Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist by the current owner ...

NaN

Spray Sculpture by Harry Bertoia Bronze and Iro...

Harry Bertoia

Italian Abstract Sculptures

Bronze

Iconic and massive sculpture by Harry Bertoia, bronze rods on steel base.

NaN

Harry Bertoia Patinated Bronze Bush Sculpture, ...

Harry Bertoia

American Abstract Sculptures

An extraordinary example of Bertoi's greatly desired Bush form. It's size and irregular form make this a rare opportunity to acquire an important example of Harry Bertoia's work.

NaN

Welded Steel and Brass Sculpture by Harry Berto...

Harry Bertoia

American Sculptures

Steel, Brass

An early and unique welded from by Harry Bertoia. The sculpture's Form is extremely experimental and less formally structured than the majority of works by Bertoia. It is a nice exam...

NaN

Harry Bertoia Bronze Melt-Pressed Sculpture, US...

Harry Bertoia

American Abstract Sculptures

Bronze

Bertoia's pressure melting or forging, technique had its roots in his earlier work in jewelry. Bertoia subjected the metal to heat and the hammer to mold it into the shapes he desired.

NaN Sale Price
82% Off

Brutalist Sculpture in the Manner of Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia

American Sculptures

Copper

Exceptional Patina copper Brutalist sculpture in the manner of Harry Bertoia, please visit sjulian.1stdibs.

NaN

Large Harry Bertoia Spray Sculpture

Harry Bertoia

American Sculptures

Aluminum, Steel, Wire

A very nice example of Harry Bertoia's iconic spray sculpture. This piece is rather large. The spray fans at the top to around 36" A kinetic masterpiece. Whisker thin steel wi...

NaN Sale Price
25% Off

Early Harry Bertoia Spray Sculpture

Harry Bertoia

American Sculptures

Metal

A great example of Harry Bertoia's iconic spray sculpture. This example rare in ferrous metal on a thick slate base.

NaN

Harry Bertoia Pressure Melt Sculpture

Harry Bertoia

American Abstract Sculptures

Bronze

A unique example of Bertoia's pressure melt technique, wherein metals are heated and subjected to hammer blows to achieve the desired form. This piece is in bronze with a heavy coat ...