Soporific Sun

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  • Provenance

    Perls Galleries, New York
    Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur E. Kahn, New York (acquired from the above in 1970)
    Christie's, New York, 16 November 2016, Lot 298 (consigned by the Estate of the above)
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Artist Bio

    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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Soporific Sun

signed and dated 'Calder 69' lower right
ink and gouache on paper
74.9 x 109.3 cm. (29 1/2 x 43 in.)
Executed in 1969, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A06366.

HK$650,000 - 850,000 

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Danielle So
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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019