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    Sale 2048

    Post-War & Contemporary Evening Sale

    12 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 22

    Alexander Calder (1898-1976)

    Ostrich

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
    Ostrich
    standing mobile--painted sheet metal and wire
    53½ x 54 x 25 in. (135.9 x 137.2 x 63.5 cm.)
    Executed in 1941.


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    This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York under application number A15922.

    Provenance

    Mary Callery, New York, gift of the artist
    Estate of Mary Callery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF BARONESS MARCELLA KORFF


    Literature

    The Surreal Calder, exh. cat., The Menil Collection, Houston, 2006, p. 107 (illustrated).


    Exhibited

    Arts and Crafts Club of New Orleans, Alexander Calder: Mobiles/Jewelry, Fernand Léger: Gouaches/Drawings, March-April 1941.
    Los Angeles, Design Project, Alexander Calder: Mobiles, Stabiles, Jewelry: A Few Paintings by Paul Klee, September-October 1941.
    San Francisco Museum of Art, Mobiles by Alexander Calder, Stabiles and Jewelry, November 1941.
    Arts Club of Chicago, Nine American Artists, February 1942, no. 5. Cincinnati Art Museum, Paintings by Paul Klee and Mobiles and Stabiles by Alexander Calder, April-May 1942, no. 5.
    Andover, Addison Gallery of American Art, 17 Mobiles by Alexander Calder, May-July 1943.
    Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art, Calder Intime, February 1989-August 1990, p. 188 (illustrated).