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    Alexander Calder

    American • 1898 - 1976

    Alexander Calder worked as an abstract sculptor and has been commonly referred to as the creator of the mobile. He employed industrious materials of wire and metal and transformed them into delicate geometric shapes 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; these studies may explain the science behind the unique balancing act of his dynamic structures. 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 lived in Lawnton, Pennsylvania.

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A Brass and Steel Coil Pin, Fashioned From a Single Piece of Brass, by Alexander Calder, 1939

Comes with a laminated original handwritten letter signed by Alexander Calder, dated 18 December 1939.

The letter is addressed to Frances M. Francis, wife of Henry Sayles Francis - curator of prints and paintings at the Cleveland Museum of Art from 1930 - 1970 - asking whether she had received the pin mailed on 24 November and whether or not it was satisfactory.

Dimensions: Approximately 90mm x 75mm

Price $162,000