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AN ALEXANDER CALDER SILVER AND STEEL WIRE PIN . Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), New York, New York, circa 1950. Unma...

2013 June 14 Silver Signature Auction - Dallas #5127

 
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Auction Ended On: Jun 14, 2013
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AN ALEXANDER CALDER SILVER AND STEEL WIRE PIN
Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), New York, New York, circa 1950
Unmarked
4-3/4 inches high x 3-3/8 inches wide (12.1 x 8.4 cm)
1.6 ounces

The work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation under A25803.

Provenance:
Gifted to Jean Hatton Duffy by Alexander Calder in 1950

The double spiral in the form of the initials Jh, with hand hammered surface, pin secured with wound steel wire, slight bending of the surface of the spiral to left accommodating pin.

Calder did not create jewelry for the mass market, but as personal gifts, occasionally incorporating the recipient's name or initials. The Jh pin was created for Jean Hatton (Duffy), the editor of Progressive Architecture, who had met Calder in the late 1940's when she was working as an assistant to his New York dealer, Curt Valentin.



Condition Report*:

In fine condition with surface scratches commensurate with age.

Calder, Alexander:Calder graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1919 with a degree in mechanical engineering. After taking classes at the Arts Student's League, he became a freelance artist and illustrator, and published a book titled Animal Sketching. In the 20s, Calder began traveling to Paris, becoming influenced by the work of Klee and Miro. In 1930, after visiting Piet Mondrian's studio, he began to create abstract constructions incorporating biomorphic forms, specifically with variations on the mobile, which he is most known for. Calder divided his time between trips abroad, and his farm in Roxbury, Connecticut, and as his commissions grew more frequent, his mobiles became increasingly gigantic. Examples are Flamingo, the stabile at Federal Center Plaza in Chicago, and La Défense, at the Rond Point de La Défense Métro station in Paris.

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