Fruit Salad Art Deco Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips by Alfred Philippe for Trifari
2 1/4" x 1 5/8"
1936-1937 (based on use of "KTF" as maker's mark, 1925-1937, and issue of first fruit salad series, 1936-1937, according to Brunialti)
"CLIP-MATES" and "KTF" (barely visible on one clip back) and "45" (stone-setter's mark)
Utility patent # 2,050,804 (for clip mechanism) issued to Alfred Philippe in 1936
This Alfred Philippe design with ruby, sapphire and emerald fruit salads (molded glass) and diamanté accents is one example of Trifari’s Clip-Mates, their answer to Coro’s Duette. This piece can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips. The influence of Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels on Philippe is evident in the fruit salad lines he designed for Trifari in the mid-1930s and early 1940s. The setting of this special piece is rhodium-plated metal, and the brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari’s name.