Harry Bertoia, American, 1915-1978, 'Broccoli', C. 1960's, Melted Bronze-Alloy Base, single stem of bronze (a copper alloy) welded on 3 stems, welded on 9 stems etc., with green patina. According to Val Bertoia at the Bertoia Studio, this is a significant piece as it was the beginning of the Bush-Type Sculpture. It is rare in its size. The Studio has valued it at $400,000. Sold with title of authentication by Val Bertoia. Provenance: purchased by the present owner in Chicago in the 1970's - they believe at the Stein Gallery (PBG452)
Property from a major Palm Beach Gardens (Originally Chicago) Modern Art & Design Collection
**Note: The question has come up as to whether this piece of sculpture leans to one side or not. Having spent a great deal of time positioning the piece many different ways and working with a level, and just handling the piece, we have the following thoughts:
Even the thickest stem which joins the square base is flexible. There are 3 subsidiary branches which generate from the one "trunk". Two of these branches come off the trunk directly opposite each other and act as a counter-balance, one to the other. The third branch, which we view as the front of the sculpture, and which comes off the trunk at a 90 degree angle from the other 2 branches, does not have a counter-balancing branch on the opposite side of the trunk. Because the crowns are very heavy, this front branch and crown (without benefit of a counterweight branch) allows this sculpture to lean slightly forward at approximately 1-3 degrees. This seems to be the way the sculpture was made. By placing folded paper shims under the base, we can make the trunk stand straight if this is how a viewer wishes to display the piece.
41" H x 22" W x 22" D
No obvious breaks, small stems with bends, many appear to be intentional.