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

    William and Rosario Drew, New York (gifted by the artist)
    The Estate of Mr. And Mrs. William B.F. Drew (by descent from the above)
    Doyle, New York, November 12, 2008, lot 1110
    Ruth O'Hara, New York (acquired at the above sale)

  • Exhibited

    Rosyln, New York, Nassau County Museum of Fine Art, Animals in American Art: 1880-1980, October 4, 1981 – January 17, 1982, no. 24, n.p. (illustrated, p. 31)
    San Francisco, John Berggruen Gallery, Independent Visions: American Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, July 31 – August 31, 2009
    New York, Barbara Mathes Gallery, Master Drawings, January 24 – March 9, 2013
    New York, James Goodman Gallery, Calder: Space in Play, October 22 – December 19, 2014
    New York, Hammer Galleries, Modern Masters: Between the Wars, November 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017

  • Literature

    Jean Lipman and Ruth Wolfe, eds., Calder's Universe, exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1976, p. 90 (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


Lion Cage

signed "Calder" lower right
ink and crayon on paper
18 3/4 x 24 1/2 in. (47.6 x 62.2 cm)
Executed circa 1931, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A00049.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $45,360

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

New York 8 December 2020