Condition Report

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Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976)

Billows, 1967; Gouache and ink on paper (framed); Signed and dated; 29 3/8" x 43 1/4" (sheet); Provenance: Perls Galleries, New York; Mackler Gallery, Philadelphia (acquired 1968); Private Collection, Massachusetts; Harold Decker, Decker Studios, Norfolk, VA (acquired ca. 1980); Private Collection; Note: This work is registered in the archives of the Calder Foundation, New York, under application number A06016.

Sale Price: $100,000

Estimate: $50,000 - $80,000

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Condition Report

Signed and dated lower right recto. The work of art is in good condition with very vibrant colors. Sheet is clean and painted to the edges. In a decorative mat. Small surface scuff on the upper red area visible only in raking light. The sheet is being held to the backboard by five linen hinges along the upper edge of the sheet. These hinges overlap the pigment and paper in these areas (see detailed photos). Mat burn visible on left and top left edge where sheet is bare without pigment and in light blue pigment area on right side. Both hinges and mat burn are not visible when viewed with current mat. Some rubbing to the pigment at the edge of the sheet where the mat overlaps.