Costume Jewellery

Vintage 1940s TRIFARI, Alfred Philippe Bird on a Branch Fur Clip Pin, RARE


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    Offered for sale is a large 1940s Alfred Philippe for Trifari Bird on a Branch Fur Clip Pin. A true collectors piece

    A magnificent and huge piece, designed by Alfred Phillipe for Trifari in the early 1940s. It is so rare that I cannot find the collection it came from!.... Made of hand polished two tone rose and yellow gold plating, pave chaton crystal rhinestones and a single red crystal for an eye. Depicting a large bird with a forked long tail and large wings who appears to have just landed on a leafy branch and is attempting to find his balance. Both the back and the wings are accented with pave set rhinestones set in silver rhodium plated bases. The leaves also have rhinestone accents where they curl over. It really is a quite lovely piece.

    The back presents with a double prong fur clip with tuck away built in for the double prongs to securely hold this large piece in place.

    The brooch measures 3.25" H x 4.5" W

    Marked: Trifari with Crown over the T (no copyright symbol)

    Sold in good condition with some signs of wear and tear to gilding on the wing and the top of the birds head. I have tried to enlarge these areas on the 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 Phillipe, 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 teh 1930s and 1940s are avidly sought after today by collectors. The Trifari company was purchased by Hallmark in te late 1970s, Crystal Grands Jewelry Corp in 1988, Chase Capital Partners, Lattice Holding Division of he Monet Group 1994 and Liz Clairborne in July 2000 when production was finally moved out of the US.
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