Modernist 20th Century /06 June 2004


Alexander Calder

The Snag
Roman Bronze Works, Corona, New York
USA, 1944/1966
bronze with black patina
32 w × 20 d × 40 h in (81 × 51 × 102 cm)

In October 1966, Calder authorized an edition in bronze of a group of sculptures he had originally made in 1944 and stored in the basement of his Roxbury Connecticut house. Calder commented on the works, "the previous spring (1944), Wally Harrison had suggested I make some large outdoor objects which could be done in cement. He apparently forgot about his suggestion immediately, but I did not and I started to work in plaster. . ." (Autobiography with Pictures, pg. 195). The bronze cast was created from the existing plaster model and created in a strictly limited edition of six. Signed: [A. Calder] and numbered 1/6. This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation under application number A02645.1. Exhibited: Calder, Perls Galleries, New York, Oct. 7 - Nov. 8, 1969 The Whimsical World of Alexander Calder, Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 25 - Aug. 20, 2003

provenance: Perls Galleries, New York Private collection, Connecticut (purchased from the above in 1969) Rachel Adler Fine Art, New York Private collection

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $54,280

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