Anton Frühauf (Italian, 1914–1999)
Overall: 3 x 0.2 x 17.1 cm (1 3/16 x 1/16 x 6 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gold (18kt), ruby, sapphire, tourmaline, and pearl
Not On View
This bracelet is composed of thirteen numbered, articulated, and pierced gold plaques with abstract, geometric patterning. Each plaque is decorated with varying combinations of white sapphire and ruby melee, step-cut green tourmalines, and seed pearls. Weight: 51.6 dwt.
Modernist jewelers identified themselves as artists who created wearable art. The Modernist jewelry movement began in the 1930s and gained momentum in the decades following the Second World War. One of its most influential proponents was Anton Fruhauf a third-generation jeweler with a studio in Meran, Italy. Like his American avant-garde contemporaries, Fruhauf designed and fabricated jewelry. His sculptural goldwork is typically abstract, its lively surfaces highlighted by gemstones.
Purchased by Michael and Karen Rotenberg from the artist's shop in Meran; Gift to MFA (Accession Date: June 27, 2007)
Gift of Karen Sethur Rotenberg in honor of the jeweler, Anton Frühauf
Reproduced with permission.