Robert W. Ebendorf (American, born in 1938)


Overall: 29.2 x 5.1 cm (11 1/2 x 2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mixed media, styrofoam balls, Chinese paper, rice paper, 24 kt gold foil, lacquer, silver, copper and ebony

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


Necklaces and neck bands

Necklace is comprised of thirteen round beads, each, 2” in diameter. Eleven are covered in printed Chinese rice paper, two in gold foil with black and red painted designs. Large beads separated by small ebony beads.

Robert Ebendorf’s figurative work of the 1960s and early 1970s gave way to a succession of experimental forms and styles; this necklace of 1985, made of Styrofoam balls covered with Chinese newspaper and gold leaf, reveals his gift for transforming ephemeral materials into unexpectedly stunning objects. Ebendorf’s inventive, iconoclastic use of materials and his distinguished teaching career influenced the work of many studio jewelers in the next generation.


" R Ebendorf" is stamped on small hanging plaque


Robert W. Ebendorf to Daphne Farago, February 20, 1991 Daphne Farago; to MFA, 2006, gift of Daphne Farago.

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection


Reproduced with permission.