From the mid 50s she has hung on many a family Christmas Tree with her sweet face gazing adoringly at the lovely pale pink Christmas Rose she just created. (if you don't know the story of the Christmas Rose, I will tell you in a bit.)
Our Angel is 2 1/2” high and just slightly over 1 1/2” wide. She is done in snow white bisque, which is a perfect backdrop for the delicate pink flower she holds on the palms of her hands. Beautifully detailed her face is a master work in miniature. She is also a bell, as can be noted in my photos with the clapper, also made of white bisque held in place by a very pretty cord. She still retains the foil tag inside of the bell cup that reads “ARDALT JAPAN” in gold and red.
Condition is Excellent Vintage 50s Christmas. She has no chips or cracks, she has one dark spot on the back of her head (see photos) that is less than a millimeter in size. I am not sure if it happened in manufacture or not, but it has always been there as far as I can remember. I gave her a light cleaning, but my close up high resolution pictures show she needs to wash her hands. Please know that my pictures show you more than your eyes, or mine, can see when we hold the object in our hands.
She can be placed freestanding on a shelf, or as she came to us with a hanger placed through the opening of her halo. (she doesn't have a hanger now, but if you like I am sure I can add one to the shipment for you. Just let me know when you order.)
The Ardalt Inc Corporation of 95 Madison Avenue in New York trademarked it's tableware, jars, dishes and vases with the “AA” mark in 1945, as well as the “Lenwile” mark on figurines and statues. While both marks have been used on its pieces manufactured in other countries, the name ARDALT, as shown in my photos was also used.
I can verify this lovely ornament is from the mid 50s because mom had always said it hung on my early Christmas trees, she had gotten a set of them because my middle name is Rose.
If you don't know the story of this little Angel and her rose, its legend is said to have begun when a young shepherdess was tending to her flock the night of Christ's birth on a small hilltop just outside of Bethlehem.
As she tended her sheep, she noticed a caravan of several kings and their barer's entering the gates of the town laden with large chests. The young girl also saw other shepherds and their flocks heading in the same direction, so she went to find out what was going on. She soon discovered that these kings were following the great star in the heavens to this very place because it had been foretold to them that an even greater king was born this day in her village, and they asked her to come with them as they too had gifts, although not as grand, for the new king.
She returned to her flock feeling very sad because she had nothing, not even a simple flower to pick at this time of year to bring as a gift, and she sank to her knees and cried deeply. This is when our sweet faced angel appeared to her, bent down and picked a rose that had grown from her tears and gave it to her. It is said that the angel told her “The tears of the poor, the weak and the suffering are seen in heaven and will one day be cast aside forever because of the birth of the Christ Child, take this Rose as your gift.”
She did, and while not as prominent a story in our country as that little boy with a drum, I think it is every bit as special. And besides, we all know that “when we hear a bell ring, an Angel gets his wings,”