Harry Bertoia Sonambient Sound Sculpture 16 Cattails Modern Brass 1970s

Sale price$150,000.00


An elegant and timeless Sonambient known as a “sound sculpture” by the mid-century modern designer, Harry Bertoia. Circa 1970s. The work is documented in the “Harry Bertoia Catalogue Raisonne” and assigned the following catalogue raisonne number: SO.TO.370. The sculpture is comprised of 16 beryllium copper rods and cylinder silvered to a brass base. Thin rods are topped with a cylinder coined as the “cattail” design and when struck the reverberations create a sound that quintessential to Bertoia’s sculpture. Per the Bertoia foundation, Harry loved music and spent endless hours experimenting and finding new sounds to incorporate into Sonambient, the auditory and visual environment created by the tonals. A dramatic composition that invites the viewer to interact with the art. A modern masterpiece and highly sought after by modern collectors. From a private collection. Dimensions: 22.5”h x 8”w x 8”d (12”w x 12”d base). In very good condition. Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) was an Italian-born American artist, sound art sculptor, and modern furniture designer. Bertoia was born in San Lorenzo d'Arzene, Pordenone, Italy. At age 15, given the opportunity to move to Detroit, Harry chose to adventure to America and live with his older brother, Oreste. In 1936 he attended the Art School of the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts, now known as the College for Creative Studies. The following year in 1937 he received a scholarship to study at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where he encountered Walter Gropius, Edmund N. Bacon, Ray and Charles Eames, and Florence Knoll for the first time. During this period he designed five wire pieces that became known as the Bertoia Collection for Knoll. Among these was the famous diamond chair, a fluid, sculptural form made from a welded lattice work of steel. Bertoia's work can be found in the Brooklyn Museum (New York City), the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Dallas Public Library, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington D.C.), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington D.C.) to name a few.

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