Alexander Calder, ‘Le Lézard et le Tétard (The Lizard and the Tadpole)’, ca. 1970, Phillips

Property from the Triton Collection Foundation

Signature: woven with the artist's signature 'Calder' lower left; further woven with the Ateliers Pinton Manufactures monogram 'FP' lower right; further woven with the number '5/6' on the reverse

The Arts Club of Chicago, Aubusson Tapestries by Alexander Calder, 15 November - 30 December 1972, no. 18 (another example exhibited)

Private Collection
Dumousset, Deburaux, Lenormand, Dayen, 28 June 2001, lot 36
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

About Alexander Calder

American artist Alexander Calder changed the course of modern art by developing an innovative method of sculpting, bending, and twisting wire to create three-dimensional “drawings in space.” Resonating with the Futurists and Constructivists, as well as the language of early nonobjective painting, Calder’s mobiles (a term coined by Marcel Duchamp in 1931 to describe his work) consist of abstract shapes made of industrial materials––often poetic and gracefully formed and at times boldly colored––that hang in an uncanny, perfect balance. His complex assemblage Cirque Calder (1926–31), which allowed for the artist’s manipulation of its various characters presented before an audience, predated Performance Art by some 40 years. Later in his career, Calder devoted himself to making outdoor monumental sculptures in bolted sheet steel that continue to grace public plazas in cities throughout the world.

American, 1898-1976, Lawnton, Pennsylvania