- Alexander Calder
- brass wire and leather
- 1/2 by 18 1/2 by 2 5/8 in. 1.3 by 47 by 6.7 cm.
- Executed circa 1940, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A00210.
Chasborough Rayner, New York
Private Collection, Connecticut (acquired from the above circa 1985)
Sotheby's, New York, 10 November 2005, Lot 105
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner
Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum, Calder in Connecticut, April - August 2000, pl. 35, illustrated
Not only has Jackie, as she is called by her friends, been the faithful steward of such precious objects, she has also delighted in sharing them with numerous institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Wellesley College and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Reflecting on her many significant contributions to The Met, curatorial director of the Leeds Art Foundation Joseph Cunningham praised Jackie’s unwavering dedication, remarking “Jackie’s insightful collecting, profound generosity and longstanding support of American and European art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are inspiring to us. We admire her deep knowledge, exquisite taste and knack for finding the best of the best and generously sharing it with the public.”
The lots from the Jacqueline Fowler Collection offered here present a survey of her aesthetic interests. While her collection is marked by diversity, it is also unified by its outstanding quality, and in many cases, the rarity of its individual objects, such as her two exquisite Alexander Calder necklaces (lots 6 & 7), and her remarkable 1962 Robert Indiana painting The Dietary (lot 48).
The presentation of Jacqueline Fowler’s collection represents a unique opportunity to acquire an array of exciting and uncommon works by many of the most revered and celebrated artists of the last century.