Alexander Calder - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, March 8, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Dumousset, Deburaux, Lenormand, Dayen, 28 June 2001, lot 36
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    The Arts Club of Chicago, Aubusson Tapestries by Alexander Calder, 15 November - 30 December 1972, no. 18 (another example exhibited)

  • 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 Triton Collection Foundation


Le Lézard et le Tétard (The Lizard and the Tadpole)

woven with the artist's signature 'Calder' lower left; further woven with the Ateliers Pinton Manufactures monogram 'FP' lower right; further woven with the number '5/6' on the reverse
handwoven tapestry
163.4 x 270.2 cm (64 3/8 x 106 3/8 in.)
Executed circa 1970, this work is number 5 from an edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £68,750

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 9 March 2018