Hello, I recently picked up this beautiful piece at an estate sale. I have tried to do some research, & I was just looking to confirm any possible authentication that this is a real Alexander Calder. The colors are bright & vivid! Around the flowers, the black appears to have lightly soaked to the back. it has what appears to be penciled 16/75 in lower left, & Calder in lower right. Any possibility that my treasure is real? It measures approximately 25 1/4" x 19 3/4" if this helps. If so, what is the value? & any knowledge of who might want to purchase? Thank you for your time & wisdom. :0)
Answer It looks to be handmade paper and certainly his signature. Nice piece.
I can't give you a comparable right now but I would suggest that if you can wait for the money take it to an auction such as Swann's in NYC. If you can't wait, I would be interested for a price.
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Thank you so much for your time, knowledge, & response! I will be looking into auctioning this piece in southern CA, along with a Dennis Paul Noyer piece.
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