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Alexander Calder spiral jewellery

Alexander Calder spiral jewellery. Necklace, Estimate $200,000 – 300,000

Necklace, Estimate $200,000 – 300,000. Photo – sothebys.com. Alexander Calder spiral jewellery

Alexander Calder spiral jewellery
According to Calder, the spiral sign is a talisman of a successful life. His earrings, necklaces and bracelets – mini-mobiles that dangle from the wrists, necks and earlobes. During his life, he created more than 1800 pieces of jewelry, each one is unique, invented and made by Calder himself.
He created jewelry from steel wire, copper, silver and gold, often decorating it with what was lying under his feet: beach glass, pottery shards, pebbles, splinters.
Born in a family of successful artists in 1898, Alexander’s father was a sculptor, and mother – a painter. Since childhood, Alexander was able to engage in a home studio. At 8 years old, he created decorations for the dolls of his sisters, at 10 he created a small sculpture.
Despite the precocious talent, Alexander was not going to become an artist and enrolled at the Stevens Institute of Technology, from which he graduated in 1919. After graduation he worked as an engineer, hydraulic engineer, even a stoker on the ship.

Necklace created in 1930 by Alexander Calder, to the birthday of his mother

Necklace created in 1930 by Alexander Calder, to the birthday of his mother

One day, while serving on a ship, Alexander woke up and went on deck. He saw a clean, clear dawn from one side of the horizon and the full moon on the other. This phenomenon made an indelible impression on him, and throughout his life he returned to it in his work.
In 1923 he moved to New York and joined the Art Students League. At the same time, he joined the National Police Gazette as an illustrator. Alexander returned to his hobby and began creating jewelry for the mother and sisters.

Louisa Calder - beloved wife of the artist. In the photo - in necklace created by Calder

Louisa Calder – beloved wife of the artist in necklace created by Calder

In January 1931 Calder married Louisa James (a niece of the writer Henry James). Calder loved Louisa tenderly and faithfully, and spoiled her as much as he could. Most of the jewelry he created for his beloved wife Louise and his friends.
The sale of Calder jewelry lasted a very short time during the Second World War, in order to support the family.

Calder died in November 1976 of a heart attack.

Alexander Calder spiral jewellery

Louisa Calder wearing an engagement ring created by Calder

Louisa Calder wearing an engagement ring created by Calder

A gold and steel wire pin by Alexander Calder, a birthday gift to his wife, Louisa, on Feb. 19, 1958

A gold and steel wire pin, a birthday gift to his wife, Louisa, on Feb. 19, 1958

Alexander Calder Flower and Leaves Necklace, Estimate $300,000 – 400,000

Flower and Leaves Necklace, Estimate $300,000 – 400,000

Alexander Calder Necklace, Estimate $400,000 – 600,000

Necklace, Estimate $400,000 – 600,000

Alexander Calder silver brooch, 1942, sold at auction for $ 23,500

Silver brooch, 1942, sold at auction for $ 23,500

Anjelica Huston in necklace Calder 'Jealous husband', 1940, a collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art

Anjelica Huston in necklace ‘Jealous husband’, 1940, a collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bracelet made from brass wire by Alexander Calder, 1945

Bracelet made from brass wire, 1945

Bracelets, 1940

Bracelets, 1940

Calder jewelry

Calder spiral jewellery

Earring made of silver and steel wire, circa 1942. Estimate $60,000 – 80,000

Earring made of silver and steel wire, circa 1942. Estimate $60,000 – 80,000

Alexander Calder spiral jewellery

Gerard Philippe with Jeanne Moreau in a ‘Nuclea’ bracelet, 1952

Alexander Calder spiral jewellery

Margaret Schevill in a necklace made from brass wire/caption]

[caption id="attachment_7230" align="alignnone" width="500"]Alexander Calder spiral jewellery Molly Ringwald at the Oscars. “It’s a huge honor to wear his jewelry. I feel very honored”, she said

Alexander Calder spiral jewellery

Necklace and ring. Sold at auction Christie’s, New York, May 12, 2011 for $ 506.500

Alexander Calder spiral jewellery

Necklace, 1940, sold at Sotheby’s, May 11, 2005 for $ 318.400

Ring created in 1930. Gift to a friend, the painter Joan Miro

Ring created in 1930. Gift to a friend, the painter Joan Miro