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Necklace
  • Necklace
    Calder, Alexander, born 1898 - died 1976
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Necklace

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1938 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Calder, Alexander, born 1898 - died 1976 (jeweller)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Conical spirals of brass wire, joined together by brass loops

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.19-1962

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 55, shelf C, box 6

The American sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was born in Philadephia and originally studied engineering. 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. Calder’s jewellery exemplifies a light-hearted genius. It introduced a highly individual note to the jewellery of the 1930s.

Physical description

Conical spirals of brass wire, increasing in size towards the centre joined by brass loops.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1938 (made)

Artist/maker

Calder, Alexander, born 1898 - died 1976 (jeweller)

Materials and Techniques

Conical spirals of brass wire, joined together by brass loops

Dimensions

Length: 39.4 cm unfastened

Object history note

Exhibition R.F. 2002/758

Descriptive line

Necklace of conical spirals of brass wire. Designed and made by Alexander Calder, Paris, 1938.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Jewels and Jewellery' Clare Phillips, V&A Publications, 2000

Materials

Brass

Categories

Jewellery

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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