Lot 69

Alexander Calder Mobile Drawing

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

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Artist/Designer; Manufacturer: Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976)
Marking(s); notes: signed, marking(s)
Materials: pencil and crayon on paper
Dimensions (H, W, D): 8"h, 10.25"w; 14.5"h, 17"w frame
Additional Information: Work is a preliminary drawing for mobile 6R4B4N3A. It is registered with the Calder Foundation under number A 19481. The mobile and drawing were exhibited and reproduced in the catalog of the Calder in Venezuela exhibition at the Fundation Mendoza, Caracas, July-August 1969. Lot is accompanied by the following documents: 1) copy of the 2024 bill of sale between Messrs. Borelli Blanco and Ruan Santander, 2) copy of the letter of provenance submitted by Eduardo Borrelli to the Calder Foundation, dated 3.30.2023, 3) copy of the introduction section of the Calder in Venezuela exhibition catalog in which the drawing and mobile, with their provenance, are listed as no. 10 under "Gouaches y Dibujos" and no. 12 under "Moviles de Tecno" respectively, and 4) an image from Artprice depicting the 1989 Christie's sale of the sculpture. Provenance: Artist | Mr. & Mrs. Marcel Roche & Maruja Rolando Roche, Caracas, Venezuela by private commission, acquired September 1953 | Collection of Flor Blanco, second wife of Marcel Roche | Eduardo Borrelli Blanco, acquired 2022 | Collection of Ignacio Ruan Santander, Madrid, Spain.


very good, scattered marks consistent with a functional artwork, two tiny nicks/tears to edges (obscured by matting when framed)

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