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  • Provenance

    Art Vivant Inc., New Rochelle, New York
    Parker Street 470 Gallery, Boston
    Private East Coast Collection
    by descent to the present owners

  • Literature

    Leonard Hutton Galleries catalogue no. 18

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1971, Calder joined with the finest tapestry weavers in the world headed by Jean Pinton in the Aubusson region of France to produce a group of spectacular tapestries.

    The ancient tradition of hand-woven Aubusson tapestries is in itself a cause for wonder. Since the 12th century, the process has involved a precision and expertise in selecting the exact color, dyeing the wool and interpreting the artist's cartoon (drawing) into weave. With careful hand work, the weaver, in an average month, turns out only one single yard of tapestry. The design for such a tapestry is not simply a blown-up gouache painting, but involves a feeling for textural representation on the part of the artist. He must understand how his design can be interpreted by the weaver. Similarly the weaver may improvise on an artist's theme to create the effect he feels the artist intended. This process results in a synthesis of idea and execution which blend here in teh inventiveness of both Calder and the weavers themselves. This can readily be seen upon inspection of the various weaves and textures which make up the tapestries. Rightfully then, each Aubusson tapestry includes the artist's signature and the mark of the weaver incorporated into the fabric.

    Calder's Aubusson tapestries are limited according to French law to editions of six. They are woven by demand; therefore only one from a set will be woven at one time and numbered serially (1/6, 2/6, etc.). This number appears on a flap folded to the back of the work.

    Tapestry weaving is an ancient art which was once solely the provenance of royalty to embellish castle walls. Today Aubusson continues to produce hand work of the finest quality of which Calder's bright and spirited tapestries are an exuberant and vital manifestation.

    Foreward from Calder, Aubusson Tapestries, Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York, April 14 - May, 1972.

  • 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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The yellow worm is longer than the red worm

Hand woven wool Aubusson tapestry in colors.
68 1/2 x 49 in. (174 x 124.5 cm)
Signed with woven signature, stitch-numbered 2/6 and with the Tapisserie d'Aubusson Pinton labels on the reverse.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $47,880

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New York Auction 20 - 22 April 2021