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  • 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

    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


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

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