Calder Foundation

Pendant

Date 1947
Media
Silver wire and tooth
Dimensions
2 1⁄2" × 1 3⁄8" × 1 3⁄8"
Collection
Calder Foundation, New York; Mary Calder Rower Bequest, 2011
Chronology  1
25 December 1947

Calder’s daughter Mary has a painful molar extracted on Christmas Day. Calder takes the tooth and memorializes it in a silver wire, caged pendant, which he gives to her for Christmas.

Works / Jewelry 112
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1946–1952 International Distinction

Calder had a major show in 1946 at Galerie Louis Carré in Paris for which Jean-Paul Sartre wrote a seminal essay. He designed sets and costumes for a number of theatrical performances and designed a huge acoustic ceiling for the Aula Magna auditorium at Universidad Central de Venezuela. In 1952, Calder represented the United States at the Venice Biennale, winning the grand prize for sculpture.