King's bracelet

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.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold (18kt), ruby, sapphire, tourmaline, and pearl

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Jewelry


Bracelets and armlets

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.


A Fruhauf/750


Purchased by Michael and Karen Rotenberg from the artist's shop in Meran; Gift to MFA (Accession Date: June 27, 2007)

Credit Line

Gift of Karen Sethur Rotenberg in honor of the jeweler, Anton Frühauf


Reproduced with permission.