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Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
The Arthur and Anita Kahn Collection: A New York Story
Alexander Calder (1898-1976)

Tiara

Details
Alexander Calder (1898-1976)
Tiara
brass wire
3 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 10 in. (8.9 x 21.6 x 25.4 cm.)
Executed circa 1940.
Provenance
Perls Galleries, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Exhibited
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Atlanta, High Museum and Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Calder’s Universe, October 1976-October 1977, p 213 (illustrated).
Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Calder Intime, February–May 1989, p. 303 (illustrated).
New York, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, The Intimate World of Alexander Calder, October 1989–March 1990.
Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art, The Intimate World of Alexander Calder, August 1990.

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Lot Essay

This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A00216.


“Calder presented his jewelry as an invitation to join with him in eschewing the facile and pretentious. It is the intense personal connection to him and its tremendous individuality that makes Calder jewelry hotly connected by collectors (even within the Calder family)! In my grandfather’s day and today, when his jewelry owners wears his pieces, it sets them apart and they make unspoken recognition as members of the Calder clan” (A. S. C. Rower, Calder Jewelry, exh. cat., Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, 2008, p. 17).

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