Harry Bertoia


Harry Bertoia


Nationality: Italian/American

Born in 1915, in the village of San Lorenzo, Italy, and moved to Detroit, Michigan at the age of 15. He was accepted into the painting and woodworking program at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1937, and taught metalworking for the Academy during WWII. With the shortage of metal, Bertoia focused on jewelry design and the production of monoprints until 1943. He and his wife moved to California to join the Eames to work on their experimental molded plywood projects. After not receiving credit for his contributions towards the Eames designs, the Bertoia family moved to Pennsylvania with an invitation from the Knoll Associates. Knoll produced Bertoia’s Diamond chair in 1952, which became a staple in the 1950’s furniture movement. During the 60s, Bertoia gravitated towards the construction of his easily recognizable tonal sculptures, sprigs of metal rods that issue sound when struck. Bertoia had acquired lung cancer from working his toxic materials and fumes, he passed away in 1978.


Harry Bertoia Original Art Values Sold at Auction

HARRY BERTOIA (American, 1915-1978) Spray, circa 1970 Stainless steel base, collar, and rods with brass beads 61-1/2
HARRY BERTOIA (American, 1915-1978)Spray, circa 1970Stainless steel base, collar, and rods with brass beads61-1/2 ...
Lot 62067
Auction 5186
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
HARRY BERTOIA (American, 1915-1978) Sonambient sculpture, circa 1970 Beryllium copper and brass 32 high with a base m
HARRY BERTOIA (American, 1915-1978)Sonambient sculpture, circa 1970Beryllium copper and brass32 high with a base m...
Lot 62066
Auction 5186
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) Untitled (36 Square-Leaf Tree sculpture), late 1950s Brass melt-coated steel 21 x 9 x 4-1/4
Harry Bertoia (1915-1978)Untitled (36 Square-Leaf Tree sculpture), late 1950sBrass melt-coated steel21 x 9 x 4-1/4...
Lot 77026
Auction 5300
Monday, May 22, 2017
Harry Bertoia (1915-1978) Sound Sculpture, 1972-1978 Bronze tops silvered to beryllium-copper rods silvered to brass b...
Harry Bertoia (1915-1978)Sound Sculpture, 1972-1978Bronze tops silvered to beryllium-copper rods silvered to brass b...
Lot 77025
Auction 5300
Monday, May 22, 2017
Harry Bertoia (Italian/American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Sonambient), circa 1970s Beryllium copper and brass 21-3/8 inch
Harry Bertoia (Italian/American, 1915-1978)Untitled (Sonambient), circa 1970sBeryllium copper and brass21-3/8 inch...
Lot 70049
Auction 5224
Saturday, November 14, 2015

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