Harry Bertoia

American, 1915-1978. Harry Bertoia was a well-known sculptor, painter, furniture, and jewelry designer. He was famous for his Diamond chair design- a furniture piece made from highly polished steel wires. The chair featured a basket-like frame and cushions resting on it. The artist was born on 10th March 1915 in San Lorenzo, Italy. At the age of 15, the artist moved to Detroit with Oreste- his elder brother. In America, the artist learned art and jewelry making at the Cass Technical High School from 1930 to 1936. He later went on to attend the Cranbrook Academy of Art with artists like Walter Gropius, architect Eero Saarinen, Hans, and Florence Knoll, and designers Charles and Ray Eames, who influenced his artistic journey.

For a brief period, Harry Bertoia worked at the Evans Product Company. He also worked as a furniture designer at Knoll's design firm. During the 1950s, Bertoia started creating wood and metal sculptures. His sculptures incorporated a wide range of techniques like welding, spill-casting, and hand shaping. Harry Bertoia's sound sculptures producing different sounds like gongs and chimes became famous as Sonambient sculptures. The artist also made sculptures from fine steel and brass wire. Bertoia was well-known for his Kinetic Art, public sculptures, biomorphic jewelry, children's chairs, 4-ton fountains, and an asymmetric chaise. Bertoia often did not sign or title his works.

Today, Harry Bertoia's works like sculptures and furniture are on display at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. The artist died on 6th November 1978 in Barto, PA. Harry Bertoia's furniture is often available at auctions from leading auction galleries. Collectors can also find Harry Bertoia's furniture for sale online on top auction platforms.

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  • Harry Bertoia for Knoll Side Chairs, Pair
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    $300 - $500

    Harry Bertoia for Knoll Side Chairs, Pair

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    $300 - $500
    Auctions at Showplace
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    Starting Bid
    $100
  • Harry Bertoia for Knoll Side Chairs, 3
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    $400 - $600

    Harry Bertoia for Knoll Side Chairs, 3

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    $400 - $600
    Auctions at Showplace
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $100
  • Harry Sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia
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    $3,000 - $5,000

    Harry Sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia

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    $3,000 - $5,000
    Cain Modern Auctions
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    $200
  • Baxton Studio Midcentury Modern Style Wire Chair
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    $200 - $400

    Baxton Studio Midcentury Modern Style Wire Chair

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    $200 - $400
    Auctions at Showplace
    0 Bids
    Starting Bid
    $100
  • Betty Cooke Chinese Coral Sterling Silver American Modernist Necklace
    Price$2,450

    Betty Cooke Chinese Coral Sterling Silver American Mode...

    Lisa Cliff Collection
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    $2,450
  • Bertoia "420" Side Chairs for Knoll in White, 6
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    $600 - $800

    Bertoia "420" Side Chairs for Knoll in White, 6

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    $600 - $800
  • Harry Bertoia - Untitled Monotype
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    $4,500 - $6,500

    Harry Bertoia - Untitled Monotype

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    $4,500 - $6,500
  • Harry Bertoia - Untitled Monotype
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    $4,500 - $6,500

    Harry Bertoia - Untitled Monotype

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    $4,500 - $6,500
  • Harry Bertoia, Untitled (Sonambient)
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    $30,000 - $50,000

    Harry Bertoia, Untitled (Sonambient)

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    $30,000 - $50,000
  • Harry Bertoia, Reed Tonal Sculpture
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    $25,000 - $35,000

    Harry Bertoia, Reed Tonal Sculpture

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    $25,000 - $35,000
  • Harry Bertoia, Untitled (Welded Form)
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    $4,000 - $6,000

    Harry Bertoia, Untitled (Welded Form)

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    $4,000 - $6,000
  • Harry Bertoia, Untitled (Welded Form)
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    $2,000 - $3,000

    Harry Bertoia, Untitled (Welded Form)

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    $2,000 - $3,000
  • Harry Bertoia, Untitled (Sounding Sculpture)
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    $25,000 - $35,000

    Harry Bertoia, Untitled (Sounding Sculpture)

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    $25,000 - $35,000
  • Harry Bertoia, Cattail Tonal Sculpture
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    $20,000 - $30,000

    Harry Bertoia, Cattail Tonal Sculpture

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    $20,000 - $30,000
  • Harry Bertoia, Untitled (Bundled Wire Form)
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    $12,000 - $18,000

    Harry Bertoia, Untitled (Bundled Wire Form)

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    $12,000 - $18,000
  • Spray Sculpture in the style of Harry Bertoia
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    $250 - $10,000

    Spray Sculpture in the style of Harry Bertoia

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    $250 - $10,000
  • Harry Bertoia Black Metal Wire Chair
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    $50 - $75

    Harry Bertoia Black Metal Wire Chair

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    $50 - $75
  • Harry Bertoia, Tonal Sculpture, Single Row Cattail
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    $20,000 - $30,000

    Harry Bertoia, Tonal Sculpture, Single Row Cattail

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    $20,000 - $30,000
  • Four Harry Bertoia Dining Chairs
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    $500 - $1,000

    Four Harry Bertoia Dining Chairs

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    $500 - $1,000
  • Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled
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    $1,500 - $2,500

    Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled

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    $1,500 - $2,500
  • Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled
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    $1,500 - $2,500

    Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled

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    $1,500 - $2,500
  • Harry Bertoia "Sonambient" Sculpture
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    $12,000 - $18,000

    Harry Bertoia "Sonambient" Sculpture

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    $12,000 - $18,000
  • HARRY BERTOIA STYLE DIAMOND LOUNGE CHAIR
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    $150 - $250

    HARRY BERTOIA STYLE DIAMOND LOUNGE CHAIR

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    $150 - $250
  • Harry Bertoia 'Willow' Kinetic Art Sculpture
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    $25,000 - $30,000

    Harry Bertoia 'Willow' Kinetic Art Sculpture

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    $25,000 - $30,000
  • A PAIR HARRY BERTOIA SIDE CHAIRS FOR KNOLL
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    $175 - $250

    A PAIR HARRY BERTOIA SIDE CHAIRS FOR KNOLL

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    $175 - $250
  • Harry Bertoia, monotype on rice paper, c. 1970
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    $800 - $1,200

    Harry Bertoia, monotype on rice paper, c. 1970

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    $800 - $1,200
  • Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled Drawing (Original Bill of Sale from Bertoia to Ben Mangel)
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    $800 - $1,200

    Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled Drawing (O...

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    $800 - $1,200
  • Three Harry Bertoia Wire Mesh Chairs for Knoll International
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    $200 - $400

    Three Harry Bertoia Wire Mesh Chairs for Knoll Internat...

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    $200 - $400
  • Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Tonal Sound Sculpture)
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    $30,000 - $50,000

    Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Tonal Sou...

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    $30,000 - $50,000
  • (3) Harry Bertoia Diamond Black Lounge Chairs
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    $400 - $800

    (3) Harry Bertoia Diamond Black Lounge Chairs

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    $400 - $800
  • (3) Harry Bertoia Diamond Black Lounge Chairs
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    $400 - $800

    (3) Harry Bertoia Diamond Black Lounge Chairs

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    $400 - $800
  • 4 HARRY BERTOIA FOR KNOLL BLACK DIAMOND CHAIRS
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    $800 - $1,600

    4 HARRY BERTOIA FOR KNOLL BLACK DIAMOND CHAIRS

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    $800 - $1,600
  • 8 Harry Bertoia Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs
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    $800 - $1,200

    8 Harry Bertoia Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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    $800 - $1,200
  • Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Tonal Sound Sculpture)
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    $40,000 - $60,000

    Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Tonal Sou...

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    $40,000 - $60,000
  • Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Tonal Sound Sculpture)
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    $12,000 - $18,000

    Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Tonal Sou...

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    $12,000 - $18,000
  • Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Bent Wire Sculpture
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    $7,000 - $10,000

    Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Bent Wire Sculpture...

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    $7,000 - $10,000
  • Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Tonal Sound Sculpture)
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    $20,000 - $30,000

    Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Tonal Sou...

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    $20,000 - $30,000
  • (6) Vintage Harry Bertoia for Knoll Wire Frame Chairs
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    $600 - $1,000

    (6) Vintage Harry Bertoia for Knoll Wire Frame Chairs

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    $600 - $1,000
  • Pair of Harry Bertoia Leather Upholstered Diamond Chairs for Knoll
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    $1,000 - $2,000

    Pair of Harry Bertoia Leather Upholstered Diamond Chair...

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    $1,000 - $2,000
  • Harry Bertoia Dining Chairs, Set of 6
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    $600 - $800

    Harry Bertoia Dining Chairs, Set of 6

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    $600 - $800
  • Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Tonal Sound Sculpture)
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    $80,000 - $120,000

    Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Tonal Sou...

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    $80,000 - $120,000
  • Harry Bertoia (1915-1978, American)
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    $200 - $300

    Harry Bertoia (1915-1978, American)

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    $200 - $300
  • HARRY BERTOIA (American 1915-1978) A SCULPTURE, "Squares," 1967,
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    $15,000 - $20,000

    HARRY BERTOIA (American 1915-1978) A SCULPTURE, "Square...

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    $15,000 - $20,000
  • Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Study for Fiery Circle)
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    $50,000 - $70,000

    Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Study for...

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    $50,000 - $70,000
  • Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Tonal Sound Sculpture)
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    $12,000 - $18,000

    Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978) Untitled (Tonal Sou...

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    $12,000 - $18,000
  • MCM Harry Bertoia for Knoll Chair Collection
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    $300 - $400

    MCM Harry Bertoia for Knoll Chair Collection

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    $300 - $400
  • MCM Harry Bertoia for Knoll Chair Collection
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    $300 - $500

    MCM Harry Bertoia for Knoll Chair Collection

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    $300 - $500
  • HARRY BERTOIA (ITALIA, 1915 - E.U.A, 1978) Años 60. Silla "SIDE". Estructura de acero cromado.
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    MXN$6,000 - MXN$10,000 $294 - $490

    HARRY BERTOIA (ITALIA, 1915 - E.U.A, 1978) Años 60. Sil...

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    MXN$6,000 - MXN$10,000 $294 - $490