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Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM CDT

Art & Design

Sale 119 Lot 24

Otto Grun
(German, 1888-1974)
Untitled (kinetic sculpture)
mixed media
patent applied for in 1985
17"h x 13 1/4"w x 8 1/2"d

Estimate $1,000-2,000

Condition Report:
Consisting of three fish, one gold plated, two 14k solid yellow gold, diamond eyes, suspended from irregular form posts / molten sterling silver jewelry findings. Posts are mounted to a hammered stainless steel plate sitting atop a rosewood box. Fish are floating above a rough jade rock within which is a crude battery operated mechanism of rotating magnets. When activated, the jade magnets agitate magnets within the bellies of the fish causing them to 'swim.' The entire grouping is covered with a glass dome that sits atop the rosewood box. Grun apparently devised this in 1985 and applied for a patent. A copy of that document is included. Also included are three additional prototype goldplated fish. The two 14k yellow gold fish weigh 43 grams together. However, they both contain a magnet, which has added to their weight. Diamonds are approximately 2.5-3mm diameter.