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Brooch by Alexander Calder, 1950-1960

American jewellery designer Alexander Calder worked with wire from his earliest creations, making pieces for his sister’s dolls as a child out of discarded copper wire.

The material remained an important element in the sculptor’s work throughout his career. By twisting and hammering wire, Calder achieved strong and simple forms in his jewellery.

This brooch was designed and made by Calder in the 1950s, likely for a friend or family member. The striking design has both an archaic and a modern feel.

Brooch by Alexander Calder, 1950-1960
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Mark McDonald
Museum number: M.166-2007 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2003

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