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Ring

Ring

  • Place of origin:

    United States of America (made)

  • Date:

    1945-46 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lucienne Papadaki Darby

  • Museum number:

    M.38-2013

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 30, shelf B, box 5

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 ring, formed from a single continuous strip of silver, was made by Calder for the American artist Audrey Skaling as her engagement / wedding ring when she married the architect Stamo Papadaki in the mid 1940s. Papadaki had first met Calder in Paris in the 1930s and subsequently the families were close neighbours in rural Connecticut.

Physical description

A continuous strip of silver which starts at the back of the band, curls around the finger one and a half times, then twists up into a flat spiral which forms the bezel.

Place of Origin

United States of America (made)

Date

1945-46 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Dimensions

Height: 17 mm, Width: 19.5 mm, Depth: 23 mm

Object history note

The ring was the engagement / wedding ring of the American artist Audrey Skaling, mother of the donor, marking her marriage to Stamo Papadaki.

Descriptive line

Silver ring with spiral bezel, by Alexander Calder, U.S.A., 1945-6

Materials

Silver

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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