Alexander Calder, ‘Necklace’, circa 1940, Sotheby's
Alexander Calder, ‘Necklace’, circa 1940, Sotheby's

Property from the Jacqueline Fowler Collection

Executed circa 1940, this work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A15538.

Los Angeles, Design Project, Calder: Mobiles, Stabiles, Jewelry / A Few Paintings by Paul Klee, September - October 1941
Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Calder in Time, February - May 1989
Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art, The Intimate World of Alexander Calder, August 1990, pp. 254-255, illustrated in color

Perls Galleries, New York
Private Collection
Sotheby's, New York, 7 June 1996, Lot 119
Acquired from 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