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Marsupial

Bertoia's name is often associated with his 1952 design for a domestic chair so celebrated and distinctive that it is known simply as the "Bertoia chair." Easily recognizable, its curved wire mesh seat is supported by a minimalist metal tube frame. He also created sculptures that evoke organic...

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Provenance

The artist; with Staempfli Gallery, New York; about 1963, purchased by Melvin N. Blake (b. 1927 - d. 1999) and Frank M. Purnell (b. 1930 - d. 1994), New York; gift of the estate of Melvin Blake to MFA, Boston, January 22, 2003

Credit Line

Melvin Blake and Frank Purnell Collection

Copyright

Sonambient® and Bertoia

1963

Dimensions

12 x 20 1/2 in. (12 x 21 1/2 x 17 in. overall)

Accession Number

2003.48

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

Contemporary Art

Classifications

Sculpture