Alexander Calder (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1898–1976 New York)
21 1/4 x 22 x 10 in. (54 x 55.9 x 25.4 cm)
The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006
Not on view
Calder produced more than eighteen hundred pieces of jewelry, most of them between 1933 and 1952. Many of these pieces were made specifically for family members or friends and given away on special occasions. Each necklace, bracelet, ring, pin, or earring was a unique, handcrafted design to which he applied his skills as a metalworker and his visual wit, just as he did when he created mobiles and bent-wire sculptures. This necklace was made by hammering brass wires into flat strips and then fashioning them into a linear design that relates directly to his early wire portraits.
the artist; [Perls Galleries, New York, until 1968; inv. no. J253; sold on May 23, 1968 to Newman]; Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman, Chicago (1968–2006; her gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "An American Choice: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection," May 21–September 27, 1981, unnumbered cat. (p. 134).
West Palm Beach. Norton Museum of Art. "Calder Jewelry," February 23–June 15, 2008, nos. 180–84.
Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Calder Jewelry," July 12–October 19, 2008, nos. 180–84.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Calder Jewelry," December 8, 2008–March 1, 2009, nos. 180–84.
Dublin. Irish Museum of Modern Art. "Calder Jewelry," March 31–June 22, 2009, nos. 180–84.
San Diego Museum of Art. "Calder Jewelry," July 18, 2009–January 4, 2010, nos. 180–84.
Grand Rapids Art Museum. "Calder Jewelry," January 29–April 18, 2010, nos. 180–84.
Daniel Marchesseau. The Intimate World of Alexander Calder. Paris, 1989, ill. pp. 274, 292 (installation photo), 297 (installation photo).
Jane Adlin in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2005–2006." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 64 (Fall 2006), p. 59, ill. (color).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York, 2012, p. 421, ill. (color).