Necklace (The Jealous Husband)

Alexander Calder (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1898–1976 New York)

Brass wire
14 1/2 x 17 x 12 3/4 in. (36.8 x 43.2 x 32.4 cm)
Credit Line:
The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006
Accession Number:
  • Description

    During his lifetime, Calder created 1,800 pieces of jewelry, most between 1933 and 1952. Many were made for family members or friends and given away on special occasions. This necklace was made by hammering brass wire into flat strips and then fashioning them into a decorative linear design that relates directly to his early wire portraits.

  • Provenance

    The artist; Klaus Perls Galleries, NY (inventory no. J235); Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman, Chicago (purchased from Perls, May 23, 1968); MMA.

  • Exhibition History

    New York: Willard Gallery, ¦Calder Jewelry¦, December 3-25, 1940 (catalogue?).

    New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ¦An American Choice: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection¦, May 21–September 27, 1981.

    Calder Jewelry. West Palm Beach: Norton Museum of Art, February 3, 2008 - May 18, 2008, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, July 12, 2008 - October 19, 2008,
    New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, December 8, 2008 - February 15, 2009,
    Dublin, Ireland: Irish Museum of Art, March 17, 2009 - June 14, 2009.

    Barcelona. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC). "Joyas de artista. Del modernismo a la vanguardia," October 27, 2010–February 13, 2011, no. 295 (as "Collar. Marido celoso").

  • References

    Hayes, Margaret Calder. Three Alexander Calders: A Family Memoir. Middlebury, VT: Paul S. Eriksson, 1977, p. 278.

    Kramer, Hilton. "Fashion and Design: Toys, trivets and serving trays," The New York Times Magazine, Sunday, Oct. 17, 1976; discussed in text p. 76; ill. (color) on magazine cover.

    Lieberman, William S., ed. An American Choice: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1981; ill. (b&w) p. 135; listed in checklist p. 157.

    Lipman, Jean. Calder's Universe. NY: The Whitney Museum of American Art, 1976 (see catalogue for dates of 4 venues); ill. (b&w) p. 211.

    Marchesseau, Daniel. The Intimate World of Alexander Calder. Translated by Eleanor Levieux and Barbara Shuey. Paris: Solange Thierry Éditeur; distributed by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, NY, 1989; mentioned in text p. 272; ill. (color) p. 272; ill (b&w), p. 297, partially visible in upper left corner of installation photo of Calder jewelry show at Willard Gallery, 1940.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History