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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Alexander Calder
UNTITLED
Estimate
450,000650,000
LOT SOLD. 680,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
110

PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Alexander Calder
UNTITLED
Estimate
450,000650,000
LOT SOLD. 680,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Alexander Calder
1898 - 1976
UNTITLED
incised with the artist's monogram on the base
sheet metal, brass, wire and paint
14 1/2 by 13 1/4 by 6 1/4 in. 36.8 by 33.7 by 15.9 cm.
Executed in 1963.
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This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A05718. 

Provenance

Perls Galleries, New York (acquired in 1986)
Private Collection, North Carolina
Jan Krugier Gallery, New York (acquired in 1989)
Maurice Keitelmann Gallery, Brussels (acquired in 1989)
Private Collection, Brussels (acquired from the above in 1989)
Christie's, New York, 5 May 1993, Lot 252
Private Collection, Chicago (acquired from the above sale)
Ketterer Kunst, Munich, 6 June 2014, Lot 219
Simon Capstick-Dale Fine Arts, New York (acquired from the above sale)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in January 2015

Catalogue Note

"Calder solved the central problem of sculpture as modern art—namely how to eliminate the traditional base or pedestal that separated the spectator from the work. Once sculptors wished to produce artworks that were not public commissions but private expressions, they had to dispense with the pedestal to provide the sense of intimacy modernism demanded. In his inventive and unprecedented mobiles and stabiles, Calder was able to overcome the dilemma by hanging his works in space from the ceiling or setting them firmly on the ground in stable tripod structures that would remain upright and not tip over. This was no mean feat, and he was capable of achieving it because of his unique background."
Barbara Rose, "After the War: Transatlantic Calder" in Exh. Cat., London, The Pace Gallery, Calder: After the War, 2013, p. 10

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