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Bracelet

n.d. Alexander Calder Born: Lawnton, Pennsylvania 1898 Died: New York, New York 1976 brass 4 3/8 x 6 x 5 3/4 in. (11.2 x 15.3 x 14.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Calder 1968.7.3 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 49B



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“The sun shone on [Calder’s] life. What he seemed to want most was to see or hear something delightful . . . His hands were so deft and unhesitatingly sure. He seemed more like someone at play than an artist.” Arthur Miller, playwright, Smithsonian 32, May 2001

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Alexander Calder made numerous pieces of jewelry throughout his career, including an engagement ring for his wife, Louisa. He was one of the first artist-jewelers to experiment with ordinary metals and stones during the 1930s, and would often include copper wire, glass, or leather in his spiraling designs. Bracelet is made from brass, a more malleable material than the steel in which Calder usually worked, and its impressive size is obviously intended for someone with an equally large personality!

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decorative arts - jewelry

metal - brass

About Alexander Calder

Born: Lawnton, Pennsylvania 1898 Died: New York, New York 1976

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