The applied patina on the welded bronze form creates a thick, textural surface that reflects Bertoia’s influence of nature and organicism. The form, reminiscent of a small bird, has a playful and whimsical quality

Harry Bertoia

American, 1915-1978

Untitled, c. 1968

Welded bronze and applied patina

10 x 6 x 6 inches

Around mid-century, Bertoia created spherical and ovoid-shaped plants, trees, and flowers—natural forms he observed from his studio in rural Pennsylvania. Bertoia continued to produce these deliberately ambiguous forms during the 1960s and 1970s with variations in scale, foliation, and patina.

The present work is a rare and unique small tabletop sculpture executed during the late 1960s. The applied patina on the welded bronze form creates a thick, textural surface that reflects Bertoia’s influence of nature and organicism. The form, reminiscent of a small bird, has a playful and whimsical quality.

The applied patina on the welded bronze form creates a thick, textural surface that reflects Bertoia’s influence of nature and organicism. The form, reminiscent of a small bird, has a playful and whimsical quality