Alexander Stirling Calder (1870-1945) An American Stoic (Portrait of Najinyankte) 28 x 9 1/2 x 6 1/4in Executed in 1912

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Lot 138
Alexander Stirling Calder
(1870-1945)
An American Stoic (Portrait of Najinyankte) 28 x 9 1/2 x 6 1/4in Executed in 1912

Sold for US$ 70,000 inc. premium
Alexander Stirling Calder (1870-1945)
An American Stoic (Portrait of Najinyankte)
signed 'Calder' within the cast (on the belt), also signed and dated 'A. Stirling Calder Copyrighted 1912' (on the base reverse), foundry-stamped 'GORHAM FOUNDERS Q 306 #6' (on the base lower right)
bronze with dark brown patina
28 x 9 1/2 x 6 1/4in
Executed in 1912

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Estate of the Honorable G. Ellsworth Gale Jr., East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
    Thence by family descent to a private collection, California.

    Original signed correspondence detailing the context for the work between the artist's wife Nanette Lederer Calder, her son Alexander Calder, and Mr. Robert J. Hill, Chief Designer for The Gorham Company, Bronze Division, Providence, Rhode Island, accompanies the lot.

    Alexander Stirling Calder first moved west for health reasons with his wife and two children in 1905 before settling in Pasadena between 1906 and 1910. During his time here, he visited the Huntington Land and Improvement Company-owned Oneonta Park, which Nanette Calder describes in her letter as 'an exhibition area of different types of Indians plying their kind of work.' Two Sioux Native Americans that he met there—Najinyankte and Kills an Enemy—served as the inspiration for his Native American sculptures which were exhibited at the National Academy of Design during and after his respite in Southern California.

    In 1912, The Gorham Company selected A.S. Calder's The American Stoic for on-order casting through their Bronze Division.1 Two other known Gorham castings of the same title reside in the permanent collections of the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas and the Rhode Island Museum of Art in Providence, Rhode Island.2

    1 Totten, Mary Lynn (2006). Portraying the Native American in Bronze: Alexander Stirling Calder's An American Stoic (Master's thesis). Retrieved from TCU Digital Repository.
    2 Ibid.
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