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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Paris (acquired directly from the artist circa 1929)
    Private Collection (thence by descent from the above)
    Private Collection, Los Angeles (acquired in 1973)
    Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles (acquired in 2007)
    Ruth O'Hara, New York (acquired from the above in 2007)

  • Exhibited

    New York, James Goodman Gallery, Calder: Space in Play, October 22–December 19, 2014
    Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria, Alexander Calder: Radical Inventor, September 21, 2018–August 4, 2019, no. 34, pp. 39, 226 (illustrated, p. 38)

  • Literature

    Alexander S. C. Rower and Holton Rower, eds., Calder Jewelry, New York, 2007, p. 54 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Alexander Calder

    American • 1898 - 1976

    One of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Alexander Calder defied gravity and breathed life into sculpture with his innovative and enrapturing approach. Producing art over a fifty-year span, Calder created a body of work that is impressive both for its breadth and diversity as well as for its universal mastery of form and space. Calder is perhaps best known for his enchanting series of mobiles, kinetic sculptures that float gracefully in space, but he also created a series of monumental yet airy stabiles, massive abstract forms that are bound to the earth, and was a prolific draftsman, painter, printmaker, and creator of jewelry, ornament, and ephemera. Calder’s work on an intimate scale is as impressive as his monumental sculpture.

    Calder’s work is well represented in the world’s most prestigious arts institutions and he is universally regarded as one of the touchstones of the 20th century avant-garde; his work is routinely exhibited in single retrospectives across the globe, and Calder himself will receive his own institution in his native Philadelphia, which will be designed as a “sanctuary” by leading architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron.

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Property from the Estate of Ruth O’Hara


Fly choker

brass wire
6 1/4 x 5 x 1 in. (15.9 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm)
Executed circa 1929, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A16741.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $32,760

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 24 June 2021