Santa Claus

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  • 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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Santa Claus

The complete set of nine etchings on Richard de Bas paper, with full margins, with title page, justification and text by E. E. Cummings on Arches paper,
70.8 x 55.4 cm (27 7/8 x 21 3/4 in.)
all sheets signed in pencil, and inscribed '225 exemplaires BON A TIRER' in pencil on the first page of the accompanying text (a 'good to print' proof, aside from the edition of 175 plus 50 artist's proofs), published by Editions de L'Herne, Paris, the sheets loose (as issued) contained in the original brown paper folder and beige linen-covered clamshell portfolio with stamped title.

£1,500 - 2,000 

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London Auction 22 January 2015 2pm & 6pm