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

    Private Collection, Paris (acquired directly from the artist circa 1929)
    Private Collection (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, ed., Calder Jewelry, New York, 2007, p. 54 (illustrated)

  • 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


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.

$70,000 - 100,000 

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

New York 8 December 2020