This is a rare half of a set called the "Heavenly Twins" which was designed by Alfred Philippe and patented in 1948. This listing is for the boy angel. His sister can be found on a separate listing and if you are interested in purchasing both please do message me.
This particular brooch is a delightful little boy angel made of gold tone Trifarium, with a little crown on the top of his head and a tunic accented with red and clear rhinestones. He has bright blue eyes and a a tiny red crystal as a mouth. He has little wings on his back and is secured with a fully functional rollover clasp and pin. He faces right, whereas as his sister faces left
He measures 2 inches in height and 1 1/2 inches and is sold with his original settings and in really very good condition. There is really no loss of goldtone plating and there are no scratches. The brooch is signed on the back with pat pend on a cartouche
This is a book piece which can be referenced in; Cherri Simonds, Collectible Costume Jewlery, p. 44.
Advertised as one of the pair of 'Heavenly Twins' in Harpers Bazaar, May 1948, p 55, see in photos
Gustavo Trifari emigrated from Italy to the U.S. in 1904 and founded Trifari NYC in 1910 after being a partner and jewelry designer with his uncle in Trifari & Trifari for several years. Gustavo's grandfather Luigi Trifari, a goldsmith, had a small workshop in Naples during the mid 1800s producing fine jewelry, where Gustavo learned his trade.
in 1917, Leo Krussman joined the Trifari company as a sales director and later became a partner, leading to the formation of the Trifari and Krussman company. A third partner Carl Fishel, an experienced and well known salesman also became a partner in the early 1920s. The company again changed its name to Trifari, Krussman & Fishel.
Trifari was considered one of the largest and best known producers of costume jewellery. It started producing hair ornaments, buckles and bar pins in silver and base metals set with rhinestones and later manufactured a broad range of costume jewelry creating superb designs and workmanship at different price levels. The Trifari jewellery produced had a distinctive look, resembling fine jewellery, which can easily be recognised by collectors. Much of this is due to the work of the great designer, Alfred Phillippe, who worked and designed jewellery for Trifari for approximately 38 years from 1930 to 1968, using high quality imported Swarovski Crystals that were handset in the jewellery pieces. Philippe worked as a designer of fine jewellery for Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels, and bought to Trifari many imaginative ideas. He is largely responsible for the creation and development of Trifari's distinctive classic look. There were also other well known designers who joined Trifari: Jean Paris (1958-1965), andre Beouf (1967-1979), who had worked for Cartier, and Diane Love (1971-1974) who designed the company's modern and contemporary jewellery in the early 1970s. Up until the 1960s Trifari led the world in the industry of costume jewelry producing the highest quality and styles from imaginative sterling vermeil figurals of the 1940's to its classic gold and silver tone jewellery of modern times. The Trifari figurals, retro florals and jelly bellies from the 1930s and 1940s are avidly sought after today by collectors. The Trifari company was purchased by Hallmark in the late 1970s, Crystal Grands Jewelry Corp in 1988, Chase Capital Partners, Lattice Holding Division of t he Monet Group 1994 and Liz Clairborne in July 2000 when production was finally moved out of the US.