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Bertoia or not-Bertoia...

Postby Miguel » Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:18 pm

Just bought a couple of these spray sculptures from a dealer. Previously, they were sent to Bonhams for authentication where they were listed as Bertoia in one of their auctions last year ( http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.s ... ectionNo=1 ).
They ended up not selling (reserve too high, apparently), so when he got them back, the dealer sent a couple of pictures to Wright20, that told them they are Knoll, but not likely to be Bertoia's.
(Actual photo of one of them)
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I've checked in past auctions @ Wright20, Bonhams, Sollo-Rago, etc, and all of them have sold sculptures that look exactly the one above (for ex.: http://www2.wright20.com:8080/4DCGI/Web ... s/EBSC/828 ). I'm wondering why Wright20 has not considered them to be authentic?

Can anybody can shed light on this?
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Postby classic form » Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:27 pm

Not trying to be a smart ass here so don't take this the wrong way but why don't you ask them? I've found them to be pretty honest and straight forward with dealings I've had with them.

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Postby Miguel » Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:36 pm

You're absolutely right, CF. I will contact them.
Just wanted to hear from folks in the forum with experience in these matters...

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Postby synthetic space » Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:02 pm

Is Wright saying that the "spray" sculptures that everyone has always thought to have been designed by Bertoia were actually not designed by him, even though one like yours were in fact produced by Knoll (i.e., were not knockoffs)?

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Postby Miguel » Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:17 am

Thanks, rockland. Looks exactly like my sculptures.
Still waiting to hear back from the specialist at Wright.
Will update when I get a reply.

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Postby Miguel » Tue Mar 04, 2008 10:07 am

I got a reply from the Wright20 rep; she told me they have all Bertoia sculptures authenticated through Val Bertoia at the Bertoia Studios, and that these are not though to be Knoll sculptures. She forward me Val Bertoia's response

"The spray sculptures shown recently on your e-mail are not Harry's work. They were listed as Bertoia spray sculptures by Knoll. This is incorrect. Knoll reports that they were not made by Knoll, but probably a former employee of Knoll, and too long ago to be a legal fraudulent case.

Val"


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