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Alexander Calder


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Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder



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Alexander Calder

1898 - 1976

Spiral Brooch

brass and steel wire

4½ by 6½ in.

11.4 by 16.5 cm.

Executed circa 1940.

This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under the number A16866.

Small areas of discoloration, toolmarks, and signs of wear throughout consistent with age. Overall fine condition.

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Perls Galleries, New York

Frances J. Whitney, New York (acquired from the above)

Sotheby’s, New York, November 15, 2006, lot 211 (consigned by the above)

Acquired by the present owner from the above sale

Gualtieri Di San Lazzaro, ed., "Homage à Alexander Calder" XXe Siècle Review (special issue), Paris, 1972, p. 93, illustrated (in group photo)

Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs; Mexico City, El Centro Cultural Arte Contemporáneo; New York, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution; Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art, Calder Intime, February 1989 - August 1990, p. 302, illustrated in color

Louisa Guinness, Art as Jewelry: From Calder to Kapoor, London, 2018, p. 78, illustrated

New York, Perls Galleries, Calder: Jewelry, November 15 – December 17, 1966

Hong Kong, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Alexander Calder: Sculpture, Works on Paper and Jewellery, February 23 - April 3, 2013

London, Louisa Guinness Gallery, The Boldness of Calder, September 27 – November 5, 2016