"Six Circles" brooch

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  • Provenance

    Perls Galleries, New York
    Sculpture to Wear, New York, 1973
    William Ehrlich Gallery, New York, 1978
    Aviva and Jacob Baal-Teshuva, New York
    Sotheby's, New York, "An Artistic Home: The Collection of Aviva & Jacob Baal-Teshuva," December 13, 2016, lot 1
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    This present lot is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A16926.

  • Artist Bio

    Alexander Calder

    American • 1898 - 1976

    Alexander Calder worked as an abstract sculptor and has been commonly referred to as the inventor of the mobile. He employed industrious materials of wire and metal and transformed them into delicate nonobjective forms that respond to the wind or float in air. Although born into a family of sculptors, the artist studied mechanical engineering before pursuing a career in art; although this training in mechanics was not critical to the development of the mobile, it would later be applied to his monumental works. 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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"Six Circles" brooch

circa 1940
Hammered brass, steel wire.
5 3/4 x 6 3/8 in. (14.6 x 16.2 cm)

$45,000 - 65,000 

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New York Auction 17 December 2019