Shirt studs

Alexander Calder (American, 1898–1976)

Object Place: Roxbury, Connecticut, or New York City


Overall: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.) Other (Fly): 3.2 x 1.9 cm (1 1/4 x 3/4 in.) Other (Speck): 0.6 cm (1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Brass wire

Not On View


Americas, Jewelry


Jewelry / Adornment

Pair of shirt studs with spiral backs, one with a wire sculpture of a fly, the other with two small wire coils. Spirals are made of hammered, flattened wire; the fly and the small wire coils are round wire. According to the donor (the original owner), the work represented a fly and fly specks.


Commissioned in 1936 by Mr. John Coolidge (donor) from the artist, and said to be copies of a set made for Henry Russell-Hitchcock.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Coolidge


© 2011 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.