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Alexander Calder
SCENT CONSTANCE & THE LAIDLY WORM OF THE WOOD
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 USD
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344
Alexander Calder
SCENT CONSTANCE & THE LAIDLY WORM OF THE WOOD
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Alexander Calder
1898 - 1976
SCENT CONSTANCE & THE LAIDLY WORM OF THE WOOD

Titled in ink


ink and collage on paper
13 3/4 by 19 7/8 in.
35 by 50.5 cm.
Executed circa 1948.
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Provenance

James Thrall Soby, New York
Raymond M. Wapner, Antiquarian Bookseller's International, Inc., New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1993

Literature

Eric M. Zafran, Calder in Connecticut, New York, 2000 (other collages illustrated figures 31 and 32)

Catalogue Note

The highilght of the 1935/6 social season was undoubtedly the Hartford Festival, a series of events at the Wadsworth Atheneum orchestrated by its flamboyant director, Chick Austin, and climaxing  with the Paper Ball.  Guests appeared in costumes fashioned from paper: Calder was 'commissioned' by James Thrall Soby (of the Museum of Modern Art, New York) for his entourage, in which Calder was included. 
Shortly after the Ball, Chick Austin and his assistant Eleanor Howland each received special collage drawings from Calder, incorporating random bits of paper and photographic portraits. The present work is conceptually related to these works (it was owned by James Thrall Soby) although the theme refers to the artists' colony in Woodstock, New York: the fingers are composed of collaged photographs of artists Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Alexander Brooks, Reginald Marsh, Sydney Laufman and Eugene Speicher, all friends of Calder; the Calder Foundation has posited that the woman, "Scent Constance", was Marion Greenwood.
This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A23055.

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