Clayton Whitehouse Three Piece Kinetic Sculpture - $2,250 (AnnArbor, Michigan)

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condition: like new
make / manufacturer: Clayton Whitehouse

Vintage Solid Brass Three-piece Table Top Kinetic Sculpture
by Clayton Whitehouse (American b. 1936)
H - 18” W - 14” Base 6½”
Perfect, like new condition, with absolutely no scratches, dings, or blemishes.

Engraved inside the base is the artist's first name and the date - “Clayton '93”.
This piece is “untitled” but in the late '90s Clayton told us that this design, which he replicated several times, was his favorite because it was a three-piece, and because of its “elegant simplicity,” so that phrase became our title for the piece ... we call it “elegant simplicity.” He also shared a well-kept secret with us about how he found the tiny, ball-bearing tips that he used in his tri-reticulated pieces. He searched high and low before finding exactly what he needed … on the business end of his Cross ink pen. All of Clayton's tri-reticulated sculptures feature at least two Cross-manufactured, brass, ball-bearing tips.
The sculpture comes with an original felt sleeve for each of its three sections.
Clayton told us an interesting story about the design: he'd entered the design in a competition in the Midwest, but he was disappointed when he found a second-place ribbon on it after the judging, although, when it was positioned on a table for the award ceremony, all the judges were stunned to learn that it “moved!” It should have been entered in the “mobile” category … not the “stabile” category.
We have a video of this piece, which demonstrates how beautiful it can be when its sections are all moving at the same time … it's breathtaking. Cannot seem to load it here, but we will email it upon request. If you're “on-the-line” regarding this purchase, you won't be after watching the video.
Provenance includes: original bill of sale, personal correspondence with artists wife, Joyce, and original promotional material, if we can find it, but there's no guarantee that we will. We've just moved and we cannot seem to lay our hands on it, but we're hoping that it'll turn up. If not, make your offer expecting that there will be none. If we find it, it's your … we'll just have to wait and see.
We have been prolific collectors over the years, and no piece that we've ever owned has brought us more joy, pleasure, and pride of ownership than Clayton's beautiful original. We will miss it, but we've downsized and it's time for the piece to have a proud new owner.
Clayton Whitehouse was the owner of Whitey's Frame Shop in Hartford, CT. After a move to the Florida Keys in 1978, he opened an automotive center in Islamorada, and he also opened a “flight park” for ultralight aircraft on the oceanfront property he and Joyce owned and he enjoyed flying his own aircraft around the Keys. In his spare time, he designed and built aluminum pontoons for ultralights for taking off and landing on the ocean. Because of his lifetime of work with metals in the automotive field, in 1986 he began creating stainless steel and brass kinetic sculptures which gave the couple the opportunity to travel around the country to participate in art fairs and visit galleries where his sculptures were being featured. To create space for his machine shop, Clayton converted the three-stall garage of his oceanfront home, that featured huge overhead doors on both the front and the back, which allowed for continuous ocean breezes. After our purchase, we stayed in contact with the couple and our paths crossed several times. Our winters were spent in the Keys and every time we passed the Whitehouse home mid-day, we saw Clayton happily working his magic.
He worked in stainless steel, copper, bronze, and aluminum, but the only pieces that have done really well on the resale market are his mirror-finished, solid brass pieces.
An identical sculpture sold at a NYC auction a decade ago for $3,600.
Clayton Curtis Whitehouse died on February 1, 2022
at the age of eighty-three.

I have two videos that I would be pleased to send to you if you request them. Unfortunately, I cannot upload them here due to the incorrect format.

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