May 05, 2016 - Sale 2413

Sale 2413 - Lot 304

Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
"I WROTE TO PEGGY GUGGENHEIM TODAY" CALDER, ALEXANDER. Archive containing two Autograph Letters Signed and three Autograph Postcards Signed, to collector Harry Francis Burke, concerning the production of, and payment for, commissioned artworks. Each signed "Sandy," or "Sandy Calder," with one signed in full. With an autograph letter fragment, unsigned, showing a portion of a holograph sketch for a mobile. Format and condition vary. Each with the original envelope. Vp, 1945-47

Additional Details

[1 August 1944?], fragment: ". . . I wrote to Peggy Guggenheim today to see if I could get a photo of the 'bed head'. . . .
"Could you send me the inside diameter of the eye opening in the yellow frame?
"Personally I prefer the primary colors. . . ."
6 October 1944: ". . . I will be [in NY] Oct. 9 & 10 . . . . The Willard Gallery. . . has some jewelry of mine! But I have some more in apt."
13 March 1945: "Thanks for the [$]250 . . . .
"I sent the plaster over to the foundry about a week after I saw you in N.Y." Postscript: "I may be in Chi. very soon for to do a ballet at the University with [Remi] Gassman."
18 April 1945: ". . . I am going to N.Y. next week and will see what the foundry has done.
"Louisa thinks she would like to keep the 'Brass Family.' I might make you something of a similar nature, if you insisted."
9 April 1946: "You're quite wrong about my having had 'dire' thoughts about you. On the contrary, when I heard you had gotten into trouble, I felt very sorry about it. My information being a bit vague, and very belated, I decided to just wait till I heard from you. . . .
"[A]s I have to pay for the bronze casting out of the [$]1100, I really need it to make things come out even. . . ."
with-Letters from the John and Mable Ringling Museum and Alan Frumkin Gallery concerning Burke's purchase or borrowing of Calder works, with related receipts and insurance document. 1944-66.