Born in Philadelphia, Alexander Calder was third in a line of distinguished sculptors from this city. The Swann Fountain in Logan Circle was created in 1924 by his father, Alexander Stirling Calder (1870–1945). Atop City Hall is the 36 foot high statue of William Penn by Calder’s grandfather, Alexander Milne Calder (1846–1923), who also designed all the stone sculptural ornament for the City Hall building. Calder’s enormous mobile, Ghost, presently hangs in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Great Stair Hall with a view of the artist’s father’s and grandfather’s work.
Arguably the most celebrated of the three Calders, Alexander achieved enviable success and recognition in New York, Paris and beyond during his lifetime. He continued to support the city of his birth, however, entrusting the venerable Makler Gallery to handle his work locally for many years. As a result, discerning Philadelphia collectors supported his market with enthusiasm. Perhaps because of the artist’s rich ties to our city, local collectors continue to bid aggressively for his paintings and sculpture, and many collectors from around the world bid at Freeman’s recognizing the wealth of fresh material that comes to auction here.
Freeman’s November 7 auction will include “3 Circles”, a fine example of the artist’s work in gouache (pictured above). In recent years, Freeman’s has offered numerous sculptures and gouaches, and in all instances achieved enviable results. Here are just a few results from Freeman’s history with Calder works:
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