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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

    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 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