Pyramid ii by alexander caloer

Mar 01, 2021. 19:48 UTC
Pyramid II BY ALEXANDER CALOER
Ian
United States of America

Category
Fine art

Acquired from
Auction House

For sale
Yes
Description

Lithography the print is 13” x 16” and the frame is 22.5” x 26.5” impression No EA

Provenance

It was purchased from the Columbus Circle Gallery 2001 and they appraised it for $750

Answered within about 4 hours
Mar 02, 00:12 UTC
By Grace Harlow

Fair Market Value

$2,500 - $5,500 USD

Insurance Value

$8,000 USD
What does this mean?

The appraised work is a lithograph by American artist and sculptor Alexander Calder (1898-1976) signed and editioned at recto. The print depicts a series of pyramidal and geometric forms, executed in bright colors and bold lines. Though perhaps best-known for his wire mobiles, Calder was also an avid printmaker, particularly at the end of his career. His prints tend to feature primary colors, geometric lines, spirals and flattened biomorphic shapes, elements often reminiscent of his sculptural work. The estimate provided is based on comparables recently offered and sold at auction. The appraised work's size, composition, medium and condition (based on images provided), as well as the artist's current auction market were taken into consideration when determining the estimate. In many cases, pricing for similar examples available on the primary (retail) market vary, and are often higher than secondary (auction) market examples.

This is a conditional appraisal, which means that we have not verified the authenticity of this item. Click here to learn more about the authentication resources that Mearto offers.
Ian swift Mar 16, 14:00 UTC

Despite have an appraisal and the bill of sales for the piece, the Calder foundation has asserted that this is not authentic? Thoughts? Did you see others for sale?

Grace harlow Mar 16, 21:22 UTC

Well, I would say that if the Calder Foundation has doubts, that is likely a good indication. Based on our limited time and resources, we're not able to fully vet and confirm authenticity. While there were very similar compositions I referenced in order to determine a fair market value range, I did not come across this exact composition. However, I was not able to check catalogues and other scholarly resources to confirm authenticity, which is why we include the disclaimer about not fully verifying authenticity at the time of this initial appraisal and suggesting additional avenues for authentication. Does this help?

Ian swift Mar 17, 02:07 UTC

Thank you for your thoughts. It was sold with an appraisal from what sounded like a reputable gallery in NYC. It is amazing what can happen

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