PP153 Harry Bertoia Jewelry

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Webinar Description

Thursday, June 9, 2022
1:00PM - 2:00pm Eastern US

The modernist jewelry created by Harry Bertoia in the 1940s has been compared to that of Alexander Calder and values have begun to approach Calder’s figures as well. This webinar will provide a brief history of Bertoia’s designs and describe the techniques and materials used. Never signed, we’ll examine the characteristics that differentiate Bertoia from other similar artists that will help you to identify the objects. We’ll have actual samples to show you as well as images comparing Bertoia to other similar jewelry. Hollowware and silverware samples will also be examined briefly. This is the second of three related Bertoia webinars.

Webinar Audience

Anyone involved with mid-century modern objects, estate appraisers, furniture specialists.

General Webinar Information

Important login information will be e-mailed to registrants prior to the webinar. This webinar will be recorded.

System Requirements

To ensure the best ASA webinar experience, be sure to download the Zoom app on your device before the webinar begins.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

This webinar will award 1.0 CE hours.

If you are a designated member of the American Society of Appraisers, CE credit will automatically be entered into your record ONLY if you participate in the live webinar. Please allow approximately 2 weeks post-webinar for ASA to notify participants via email regarding a certificate of completion.

Topics Covered

Brief Background of Harry Bertoia

  • Italy
  • Detroit
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • Wilhelm Valentiner and Modern Art

Early Jewelry

  • Fishbone style
  • Sunbursts
  • Techniques
  • Materials Used
  • Similar modernist jewelers
  • How modernist jewelry changed design forever


  • Vases
  • Plates
  • Coffee sets

Later Jewelry

  • Gong pendants
  • Fused wire

Market of Jewelry

  • Bertoia jewelry records
  • Other similar jewelry records


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Inform others about the history of Bertoia and other modernist jewelry 
  • Recognize how these designs changed jewelry forever
  • Identify Bertoia designs, or at least the possibility of Bertoia creation
  • Review the market for the jewelry

Celia Bertoia

Celia Bertoia, youngest daughter of Harry Bertoia, grew up in Pennsylvania, spent decades in Boulder, Colorado in the real estate market, then owned a race timing company in Bozeman, Montana. Celia is currently the founder and director of the Harry Bertoia Foundation, a 501 (c)(3), anchored in St George, Utah. She authored the Life and Work of Harry Bertoia: the Man, the Artist, the Visionary (Schiffer, 2015). She is also an accredited appraiser with ASA, specializing in post war art. Her passion is to further the legacy of Harry Bertoia.


Webinar - Harry Bertoia Jewelry
06/09/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
06/09/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes Join Live Webinar
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