Necklace

  • Alexander Calder, Necklace, n.d., brass, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Calder, 1968.7.2

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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.

Title
Necklace
Artist
Date
n.d.
On View
Dimensions
2 1/2 x 11 1/8 x 12 7/8 in. (6.4 x 28.3 x 32.7 cm.) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Calder

Mediums
Mediums Description
brass
Classifications
Highlights
Object Number
1968.7.2
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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