Alexander Calder - 20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session New York Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Ritou Nitzschke, Paris (gifted by the artist in 1952)
    Private Collection (by descent from the above)
    Christie's, South Kensington, December 1, 2000, lot 153
    Galerie Aittouares, Paris (acquired at the above sale)
    Ruth O'Hara, New York (acquired from the above in 2006)

  • Exhibited

    New York, Jonathan O'Hara Gallery, Simplicity of Means, Calder and the Devised Object, October 25 – December 8, 2007, no. 23, pp. 49, 75 (illustrated)
    New York, James Goodman Gallery, Calder: Space in Play, October 22 – December 19, 2014

  • Artist Biography

    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. Born into a family of sculptors, Calder created art from childhood and moved to Paris in 1926, where he became a pioneer of the international avant-garde. 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 the Estate of Ruth O’Hara


Light Fixture

sheet metal, wire and electrical socket
17 1/4 x 12 x 12 in. (43.8 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Executed in 1952, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A11950.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $37,800

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20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York 8 December 2020