Harry BERTOIA (1915-1978)
Silver Kinetic Bangle, c. 1940
Unique silver open bangle decorated with 28 short horizontal kinetic rods with bulbous ends.
Dimensions: Internal D. 7.0 x 5.5 cm; W. max. 1.6 cm
Provenance: Mr Clarence Hack, Venture, California
Literature: Martine Newby Haspeslagh, Jewelry by Contemporary Painters and Sculptors @ 50: 1967-2017, Didier Ltd, London 2017, pp. 24-5, no. 6
It was through Clarence Haack's company, the International Metals Coroporation and Halaco Engineering of Ventura, CA, that Bertoia devised specific metal alloys for his sculptures. Bertoia often visited Haack at his Ventura office to discuss developments and over the years Mr and Mrs Haack built up a collection of jewels by Bertoia although it is unclear if these were gifts from the artist or whether they purchased them or a combination of both.