Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
brass wire
18 x 14 ¼ in. (45.7 x 36.2 cm.)
Executed circa 1941.
Perls Galleries, New York
Makler Gallery, Philadelphia
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1976

Lot Essay

This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A16316.

"Never satisfied with superflauous decoration, Calder used jewelry as an alternative way of communicating his artistic ideals. He developed a direct process using honest industrial materials such as brass and steel wire that he bent, twisted, hammered, and riveted in an immediate way. At once primitive and refined, the resulting works show the eccentricities of his hand expressing subtly tactile qualities."
A. Rower, Calder Jewelry, New York, 2007, p. 13.

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