Much like the seminal mobiles and stabiles he is known for, Alexander Calder’s jewelry is a testament to his innovations in kinetic sculpture. The present lot is a pendant of copper wire completely transformed–an objet d’art in a shape so admired by Calder, the spiral. Bearing the artist’s signature, this imaginative, one-of-a-kind piece appears primitive in design, yet feels as relevant now as it will in many years to come.

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Anon. sale; Christie's, New York: 14 May 2009, lot 215 Private Collection, Geneva, Switzerland Application Number A09893

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Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) revolutionized sculpture in the twentieth century. He has become renowned for his delicate, kinetic mobiles. Either propelled by motors or air currents, these fragile wire and metal sculptures effortlessly propel graphic, abstract forms into moving components. His later monumental structures, or “stabiles,” combine daring innovation and dynamism into massive arching steel planes.

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Spiral Pendant, 1957, 1957
Lot Number 11
3.5 x 2.125 in (8.89 x 5.4 cm)

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Spiral Pendant, 1957
  • Dimensions
    3.5 x 2.125 in (8.89 x 5.4 cm)