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Necklace by Alexander Calder / American Art
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n.d. Alexander Calder Born: Lawnton, Pennsylvania 1898 Died: New York, New York 1976 brass 2 1/2 x 11 1/8 x 12 7/8 in. (6.4 x 28.3 x 32.7 cm.) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Calder 1968.7.2 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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As a child, Alexander Calder made his first piece of jewelry for his sister's dolls. He continued to experiment with jewelry throughout his career, even after gaining international recognition for his whimsical mobiles and stabiles. Calder made most of his jewelry for his family and close friends and often gave his pieces as gifts. His wife, Louisa, was the main recipient of his creations. Necklace resembles a piece he made for her in 1940. All of Calder's jewelry was constructed from multiple pieces of hammered brass or iron, and he used the spiral design repeatedly. Calder refused to sell his jewelry commercially, for he wanted each wearer to know that his or her piece was made by the artist's hands alone.

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

metal - brass