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Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 10:00 AM CDT

20th Century Art & Design

Sale 104 Lot 607

Harry Bertoia (1915-1978)
Untitled (Constructural Sculpture)
USA, 1950s
brass melt-coated steel cut-nails, melted brass
17"w x 11"d x 36.5"h


Provenance:
Estate of Ernst and Ann Seeler, Evanston, IL / Collection of Amy Kraushaar, Chicago, IL

Sold with a title of authentication from Bertoia Studio

Literature:
The World of Bertoia, Schiffer and Bertoia, p. 60 illustrates a similar work

Harry Bertoia, June Nelson, plate 20 illustrates a similar work

"...I was interested in a component unit, such as a nail, a washer, a square etc. By repetitive use of said unit to gesture a duality, namely: endless variations of juxtaposition. Another characteristic of interest then, was a measure of transparency. A form that could be visually grasped in its totality from any point of view, but not easily remembered..." -

Harry Bertoia, Albright-Knox Art Gallery Archives, >i>The World of Bertoia, Schiffer and Bertoia, p. 69

Other Notes:
Charles Ernst ('Ernie') Seeler and his wife Ann Patrice Seeler assembled a collection of Mid-century Modern furniture, sculpture, and artwork during the 1950s and 60s in Chicago, IL.

In the late 1950s, Ernie Seeler developed the Unidyne III, a microphone element featured in the iconic Shure 545 Unidyne III. Before his invention, microphones were designed to be spoken into from the side; the 545 microphone was the first unidirectional model — the user spoke into the end of the microphone. Seeler's invention ultimately led to louder sound systems and larger concert venues, where nearly all the microphones were Shure Unidyne III models.

Ann Seeler worked as an Educational Consultant for Playskool Manufacturing Co. (now Hasbro), as a Montessori teacher, and as the Executive Secretary for Northwestern University.

Childless, Ernie and Ann developed a wide social circle that included designers and artists, hosting frequent parties at their home in Evanston, IL.

This sculpture was a gift from Harry Bertoia to Ann Seeler.

Estimate $ 70,000-90,000

Sold for $109,500