Alexander Calder - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, April 16, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Calvin Hirsch, Woodbury, Connecticut (gifted by the artist circa 1960)
    Russeck Gallery, Palm Beach (acquired from the above in 2016)
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2017

  • 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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signed with the artist’s monogram 'CA' on the base
sheet metal, brass, wire and paint, in 2 parts
12.7 x 7.7 x 3.8 cm (5 x 3 x 1 1/2 in.)
Executed in 1958, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A27578.

£150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for £201,600

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 16 April 2021