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    Alexander Calder

    American • 1898 - 1976

    Alexander Calder worked as an abstract sculptor and has been commonly referred to as the inventor of the mobile. He employed industrious materials of wire and metal and transformed them into delicate nonobjective forms that respond to the wind or float in air. Although born into a family of sculptors, the artist studied mechanical engineering before pursuing a career in art; although this training in mechanics was not critical to the development of the mobile, it would later be applied to his monumental works. In addition to his mobiles, Calder produced an array of public constructions worldwide as well as drawings and paintings that feature the same brand of abstraction. Calder was born in Lawnton, Pennsylvania.

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Property from a Private European Collection

Butterfly

1970
woven with the artist's signature 'Calder' lower right; further woven with the Ateliers Pinton Manufactures monogram 'FP' lower left; further woven with 'EXA' on the reverse
dyed and hand-woven woollen tapestry
146 x 208.5 cm. (57 1/2 x 82 1/8 in.)
Executed circa 1970, this work is one of two artist's proofs from an edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs.

Estimate
HK$200,000 - 300,000 
€22,700-34,100
$25,600-38,500

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Isaure de Viel Castel
Head of Department, 20th Century & Contemporary Art

Charlotte Raybaud
Head of Day Sale, 20th Century & Contemporary Art

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 26 May 2019