Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari Modernist Lucite & Bead Parure
Space Age modernist design! This signed Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari parure consists of choker necklace, hinged clamper bracelet and clipback earrings and was produced in 1986. The design and construction are simply outstanding, and so characteristic of the talented Matsumoto.
The necklace features a rigid curved centerpiece that appears segmented but is actually a single piece, molded to resemble graduated links. The lucite is a pearlescent opaque off-white tone with a clear top laminated layer. Chrome bands wrap around to look like separator bars. One side of the lucite centerpiece is balance with two chrome segments of stretchy "gaspipe" (very Art Deco in style!) and then round white plastic beads are accented with clear lucite beads and chrome disc spacers strung on double-thick nylon filament. Centerpiece measures approximately 6" and total necklace length is approximately 17" with hook and o-ring closure.
Side-hinged clamper bracelet is similar in style with a brushed metal surface. Measures just over 1" wide at the front, 1/2" wide at the back, 2 1/4" inside width (bracelet is oval in shape). Clipback earrings measure 1 1/4" in height.
All pieces are signed Trifari, and the bracelet and necklace are also marked with the Kunio Matsumoto script signature. Condition overall is excellent, with some bubbles and slight ripples in places between the laminated lucite layers. There is also a very tiny bit of nicking to the plating right where the flexible gas pipe metal is connected to the metal end caps; this is observable only upon close scrutiny and is not visible at all from the front of the piece.