A-114, Pixie for Butterfly
Height: 2 ¼”
Designer: Helen Perrin Farnlund
Production Dates: 1950-51 [?]
Mold Book Name: Pixie, butterfly
Notes: This piece does not sit alone. It is listed in the Mold Book right before A-115 Small Butterfly, and was clearly designed to sit on a butterfly, which it fits perfectly. The photos show one Pixie for Butterfly on A-99, Large Monarch Butterfly, and another on 3103 Specialties Monarch, which is a comparable size and shape.
The Pixie Leaf, A-131, was sculpted shortly after the Pixies, presumably to serve as an alternative seat or support for this piece. The green leaf shown here, and another in orange with brown edges, are the only known existing examples.
The Pixies are not listed on the order forms. All are rare. They may have been only test marketed (at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California) around 1950-1951. Some are standing on a ceramic leaf, which is in the mold book as A-131 Leaf, Pixie.
The Pixies are decorated very individually, with few alike. Known clothing colors are: pink tunic/blue jacket, yellow tunic/green jacket, blue tunic/yellow jacket. They have brown hair. The hats were molded separately and have blue or yellow petals. One Pixie with a bisque face is known; others are gloss. Another Pixie has wire antennae like a snail. Other variations probably exist.
Other pixies in the mold book are 117 Pixie girl, 118 Pixie leap, 120 Pixie girl nude, 121 Pixie girl curtsey, 122 Pixie nude kneeling, 123 Pixie girl prone [used on a Walker-Renaker piece], 124 Pixie girl sitting [used on a Specialties piece; others may have been used on Specialties pieces as well].
In 2000, several of the molds were reissued on bases as Specialties.