This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A16707.
Collection of Keith and Edna Warner, Gloversville (acquired directly from the artist) Sotheby's, New York, 21 May 1981, Lot 706 Private Collection, Los Angeles (acquired from the above sale) Thence by descent to the present owner in 2004
"Calder’s jewelry may be seen as a sort of Surrealistic strategy to entrap the wearer into participating in an art performance, even to become bewitched. To wear the jewelry is to induce dreams and to become metamorphosed. It is typical of Calder and his art to be more allusive than first meets the eye.” Mark Rosenthal in Alexander S.C. Rower, Ed., Calder Jewelry, New York 2007, p. 67
This work is in very good and sound condition overall. Under very close inspection and extreme raking light, minor and unobtrusive surface scratches are visible, consistent with use. The string has discolored slightly with age and wear. The metal tests as 14 karat gold. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.