Harry Bertoia was a well-known sound art sculptor, graphic artist, and furniture designer. The artist was born in Italy and moved to America at the age of 15. Bertoia went to college with artists like Walter Gropius, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen. Although Bertoia was interested in arts and furniture design, his real talent was in sound sculpture. He often bent or stretched pieces of metal while experimenting in his workshop. When exposed to touch or wind, these pieces created enticing sounds.
The upcoming Rago auction highlights multiple tonal sculptures by Harry Bertoia. The highlight is an untitled multi-plane construction made for the First National Bank of Miami. The 1958 art installation is made with steel and covered in melt-coated brass. Bertoia’s sonambient sculptures produce vivid and familiar sounds that have a meditative effect on listeners.
Also showcased is a desk made for David Solinger’s law office by prominent wood sculptor Wharton Esherick. The 1954 walnut and cherry desk has a large storage space with drawers, shelves, and sliding doors. Popularly known as the “Dean of American Craft,” Esherick was known for reducing the gap between arts and crafts to revive interest in wood art. The available desk is a prominent example of Wharton Esherick’s Cubist and German Expressionist style.
The auction will feature furniture from the Nakashima Studio by father-daughter duo George and Mira Nakashima. A wall cabinet by George Nakashima highlights the characteristics of the American black walnut with its distinct design. Works from Albert Paley, Pierre Jeanneret, and others round out the catalog. Interested collectors can explore the full listings and register to bid online on Bidsquare.
# of Lots:363
Price Range:$700 - $110,000
Interesting lots include:
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|Untitled (Monumental Multi-Plane Construction) from the First National Bank of Miami by Harry Bertoia.|| Estimate: |
|Important Desk for David Solinger's Law Office by Wharton Esherick.|| Estimate: |
|Hanging Wall Cabinet by George Nakashima.|| Estimate: |
|Splay by Albert Paley.|| Estimate: |
|Coffee table from Chandigarh by Pierre Jeanneret.|| Estimate: |
|Contemporary medium pile carpet.|| Estimate: |