Bildhauer (1898-1976). 15 ALS and 4 APS, to his friend and banker Mr. Beverly Iszard, 4 letters of the lot are illustrated with small ink sketches, most concerning check deposits. Saché. Zusammen 20 pages, vorwiegend 4to. Einige eigenh. Briefkuverts.
$ 40,622 / 38.000 €
Fantastic archive of correspondence from Calder to his friend and banker Mr. Beverly Iszard, comprised of 19 ALSs, all signed “Sandy” except for one signed “Sandy Calder,” dated 1953 to 1970. The letters amount to a total of 16 pages plus four postcards, all four depicting Calder’s artwork on the front; one postcard features a drawing of a wine glass and mentions gallery owner Klaus Perls. Three additional letters feature sketches of wine glasses as well, and all letters primarily consist of general content regarding finances and directing Iszard to deposit checks, with a few also mentioning Calder’s shows and exhibitions.
A letter of November 28, 1953, in part: "I have just spent 3 weeks in Paris following my Circus. I think the results will be good—but haven't seen them as yet." A letter of October 7, 1963, in part: "We are all fine. And I will have an exhibition in Paris—Galerie Maeght—about Nov. 15." One month later, on November 14, 1963, he writes, in part: "I will have a show in Paris in 8 days or so—I wish I could show you our wine cellar here—it would warm your heart, & your belly." A letter of December 18, 1968, in part: “I am sorry not to have seen your gentle visage this trip, and to have [his sketch of clinking glasses] with you!” This letter is accompanied by the original mailing envelope, which is addressed in Calder’s hand and includes a sketch of a dancing woman. All together, there are ten original mailing envelopes addressed in Calder’s hand, nine of which include his handwritten surname, “Calder,” in the return address area. In overall fine condition.
TO HIS BANKER CALDER, ALEXANDER. Archive containing 15 Autograph Letters Signed and 4 Autograph Postcards Signed, to his friend and banker Mr. Beverly Iszard, including 4 letters illustrated with small ink sketches, most concerning check deposits, most written from Saché, France. Each signed "Sandy," or "Sandy Calder." Together 20 pages, mostly 4to; condition generally good. Many with the original envelope. Vp, 1953-70
The letters: Nd: Asking after him and his wife, illustrated with an ink drawing by him, a sketch of a full wine glass.
28 November 1953: ". . . I have just spent 3 weeks in Paris following my Circus. I think the results will be good--but haven't seen them as yet. . . ."
7 October 1963: ". . . We are all fine. And I will have an exhibition in Paris--Galerie Maeght--about Nov. 15. . . ."
14 November 1963: ". . . I wish I could show you our wine cellar here--it would warm your heart, & your belly. . . ."
18 December 1968: ". . . I am sorry not to have seen your gentle visage this trip, and to have [his sketch of clinking glasses] with you! . . ." With an envelope featuring an ink drawing by him, a sketch of a dancing woman.
[20 October 1970]: Asking to deposit a check, and inviting him to drink wine. Illustrated with an ink drawing, his sketch of a glass with wine dribbling out.
The postcards, each with a reproduction of one of his paintings on the verso, one undated mentioning his dealer Klaus Perls..