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  • Bracelet
    Calder, Alexander, born 1898 - died 1976
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  • Place of origin:

    United States of America (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1946 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Calder, Alexander, born 1898 - died 1976 (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    hand-beaten silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lucienne Papadaki Darby

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 30, shelf B, box 4

The American sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was born in Pennsylvania into a family of locally prominent sculptors, and trained initially in engineering. He is best known for his invention of the mobile, a term devised by Marcel Duchamp in response to Calder’s innovative kinetic sculptures in the early 1930s.

By his own account, his first jewellery was made for his sister’s dolls when he was aged 8, out of discarded copper wire. Wire remained an important element in his larger work and his preferred material for jewellery. He worked in both silver and brass, either hammering or twisting the wire to achieve strong, simple forms.

This bracelet made from an undulating length of flattened silver wire was made for the donor’s mother, American artist Audrey Skaling. Her husband, the architect Stamo Papadaki, had first met Calder in Paris in the 1930s and subsequently the families were close neighbours in Connecticut for many years. Skaling clearly took great pleasure in this tactile and satisfying piece, and her daughter recalls that she ‘never saw her without it’.

Physical description

A continuous strip of hand-beaten silver forming long deep curves that would fit close to the wrist. It is open at the back with the ends curled round, one side forming a simple spiral.

Place of Origin

United States of America (made)


ca. 1946 (made)


Calder, Alexander, born 1898 - died 1976 (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

hand-beaten silver

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 72 mm, Width: 55 mm, Depth: 46 mm

Object history note

The bracelet was made for the American artist Audrey Skaling, mother of the donor.

Descriptive line

Bracelet, silver, by Alexander Calder, U.S.A., c.1945




Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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