Alexander Calder's Bicentennial Tapestries were among a number of pieces in the Important Winter Auction, held this past Saturday, December 1, that exceeded their high estimates. The tapestries, offered individually, brought a combined $67,500 (USD). One of the tapestries, titled La Poire, Le Fromage, et Le Serpent, sold for $15,000 (USD), an international auction record for a single Calder Bicentennial Tapestry. The previous record was $11,000 (USD) set at Christie's in 2016.
Calder collaborated with the famed French weavers of Aubusson on a number of works towards the end of his career. The French government allowed for a special run of 200 sets of his Bicentennial tapestries (Aubusson tapestries normally being limited to an edition of six), though only about 40 sets were ever made, making these works even more rare to come to auction.
Other highlights of the Important Winter Auction were a Platinum Marquise Diamond Ring by Harry Winston that sold for $17,500 (USD) and a very rare Chinese Cinnabar Lacquer Lobed Box and Cover that sold for $35,000 (USD).
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