ATTRIBUTED TO ANTON FRUHAUF (1914-1999): AN 18CT YELLOW GOLD ABSTRACT BROOCH, of square form, depicting Masai Tribe figures under a moon, the moon modelled as a round, brilliant-cut diamond c. 0.4cts, the reverse stamped '750' with makers mark for Charles de Temple, c. 7.5cm wide, c. 116.2g (all in). See illustration. Provenance: Purchased in a Mayfair jewellers by the vendor's mother in the 1980's. Thence by descent. Private Collection, Bath. The design and construction of this piece is wholly consistent with the work of Anton Fruhauf, an award winning modernist Austrian jeweller and graphic designer who sought to make wearable works of art. Numerous identical brooches with the same casting have appeared on the open market in recent years but without the addition of a diamond and the Charles de Temple mark. It is possible that Fruhauf sent a small number of these 'Masai Tribe' brooches to his friend and contemporary Charles de Temple for gem-stone embellishment which would explain the addition of de Temple's mark.
Sold For £5000.00 In The Jewellery and Silver, Furniture and Works of Art - [8th December Lots 1-739] [9th December Lots 850-1477] - - Sale Date 8th December 2016
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