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Fragment Series Brooch

1991 Donald Friedlich Born: Montclair, New Jersey 1954 carved, fabricated, and riveted 14k gold, sterling silver, and Brazilian slate 1 5/8 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/8 in. (4.1 x 11.4 x 8.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Zack Peabody © 2001, Donald Friedlich 2000.62.10 Not currently on view

Luce Center Quote

“The challenge is getting powerful impressions, powerful images, in a two-by-two inch piece of stone.” Donald Friedlich, Ornament, 1987

Luce Center Label

This brooch is one in Donald Friedlich’s Fragment Series. In this series Friedlich selected shards of slate that pleased him, and designed brooches around them. He liked the dramatic edges of the broken slate and wanted to contrast its texture and weightiness with a delicate silver backing. Friedlich also considers the wearer’s clothing to be part of the piece and delights in knowing that the brooch will take on a different character depending on the fabric.


decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

metal - silver

stone - slate

About Donald Friedlich

Born: Montclair, New Jersey 1954

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