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Lot 199

Harry Bertoia, born in a small village in Italy, moved to America at 15 to undertake...

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Lot 199

Harry Bertoia, born in a small village in Italy, moved to America at 15 to undertake...

Price Realised: £520

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 199


Harry Bertoia, born in a small village in Italy, moved to America at 15 to undertake studies in painting and drawing at the School of the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts. He went on to develop his style at the Cranbrook Academy of Art where in 1939 he was asked to reopen the schools metalworking shop.


As one of the most renowned American sculptors and furniture designers of the 20th century, Harry Bertoia started with jewellery then sculpture, he found a passion for monotype prints, a medium he came back to time and time again throughout his life. Bertoia would apply ink to a glass surface then place rice paper onto the glass, creating the images with his fingers and other pointed tools through the reverse of the paper, making each monotype a unique handcrafted piece. Notably Bertoia did not work with other print makers and did not receive much formal training. Harry Bertoia did not sign his works, as he believed his creativity derived from divine sources, or the great Oneness claiming that his art should not be prescribed to one man's name.


Harry Bertoia,

American 1915-1978-


Untitled (2248 & 276);


monotype on rice paper, two, both inscribed with number and one initialled in pencil, added later by Brigitta Bertoia, sheets 61 x 33.5cm and 60.5 x 22.5 (framed) (2)


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