Alexander Calder, Necklace, n.d., brass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Calder, 1968.7.2
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.
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2 1/2 x 11 1/8 x 12 7/8 in. (6.4 x 28.3 x 32.7 cm.) oval
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Calder
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