Brooch

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  • Provenance

    Elsie Hurlburt, Roxbury (gifted by the artist circa 1945)
    Private Collection (acquired in 1977)
    Christie's, New York, July 22, 2015, lot 17
    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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Brooch

brass and steel wire
2 1/8 x 2 1/8 x 3/8 in. (5.4 x 5.4 x 1 cm.)
Executed circa 1945, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A27179.

Estimate
$20,000 - 35,000 

sold for $50,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Morning Session

New York Auction 15 May | On View at 432 and 450 Park Avenue