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Renoir-Matisse jewellery (1946 – 1964)

Renoir-Matisse jewellery

Brooch and earrings in the form of a maple leaf, white and yellow enamel on copper. Mid-1950s. Renoir-Matisse jewellery (1946 – 1964)

The exclusivity of Renoir-Matisse jewellery is still in the fact that their origin and existence harmoniously flourished in a short period – from the 1930s to the 1960s. Jerry Fels began his career in the company “Sceptron Jewelry”, in 1944, where he worked on the creation of original costume jewelry. In these difficult war and postwar years, young people particularly appreciated the beauty and dreams of self-expression, about which actually dreamed talent of Sceptron Jewelry – Jerry Fels. He had just finished his teaching in the National Academy of Art and, without hesitation, in 1946, still decided to build in his hometown of Los Angeles, a private company – Renoir of California, which specialized in the production of exquisite jewelry from copper.

Brooch and earrings in the shape of maple leaves, green and dark green enamel copper. Mid-1950s. Renoir-Matisse jewellery (1946 - 1964)

Brooch and earrings in the shape of maple leaves, green and dark green enamel copper. Mid-1950s. Renoir-Matisse jewellery (1946 – 1964)

The exclusivity of Renoir-Matisse jewellery is still in the fact that their origin and existence harmoniously flourished in a short period – from the 1930s to the 1960s. Jerry Fels began his career in the company “Sceptron Jewelry”, in 1944, where he worked on the creation of original costume jewelry. In these difficult war and postwar years, young people particularly appreciated the beauty and dreams of self-expression, about which actually dreamed talent of Sceptron Jewelry – Jerry Fels. He had just finished his teaching in the National Academy of Art and, without hesitation, in 1946, still decided to build in his hometown of Los Angeles, a private company – Renoir of California, which specialized in the production of exquisite jewelry from copper.

Brooch in the form of two leaves of copper, 'Matisse' white and dark gray enamel. Mid-1950s. Renoir-Matisse jewellery

Brooch in the form of two leaves of copper, ‘Matisse’ white and dark gray enamel. Mid-1950s. Renoir-Matisse jewellery

Why copper? This is because in 1930-1950 copper was an extremely popular metal among jewelers – fans of Arts & Crafts Style, promoting maximum convergence of art and crafts. Each product of Renoir-Matisse jewellery showed boundless enthusiasm and imagination of the master, his impeccable choice of shapes and colors, combined with gentleness and style. All his ideas he found in the abstract, nature and geometric figures – clear and poly-lines or floral motifs.

Matisse Brooch in the form of a palette with brushes, copper, colored enamel. Mid-1950s

Matisse Brooch in the form of a palette with brushes, copper, colored enamel. Mid-1950s

The tremendous success of the enterprise inspired the wizard for new projects, and in 1952 he registers, again in Los Angeles, a new family brand – Matisse Ltd. Its decorations are different – copper covered with enamel – in the most diverse range of colors and shades. It also traced lines or abstract geometry shapes, ironic stories or plant items (copper leaves, flowers, covered with colorful enamel) and a completely different topic revealed touching fish or perfect image of butterflies.

Renoir-Matisse jewellery clips Ballerina

Rare, vintage clips Ballerina. Clips are made in the Art Nouveau style. A figurine of a ballerina – silver-plated copper, volume and seemingly floating in the air without touching the ground

In 1964, popular Renoir-Matisse jewellery stopped production, and their existence and activities – are history, but upscale vintage jewelry by Jerry Fels still captivates their fans and collectors as connoisseurs of exquisite costume jewelry.

Renoir-Matisse jewellery

Renoir bracelet of copper, geometric decor

Many of Renoir-Matisse jewellery pieces, especially brooches, were made in a naturalistic design, for example in the form of the artist’s palette. The company ceased production in 1964. Jewelry Company “Renoir” and “Matisse Limited” has a rare feature: they are very recognizable.

Vintage necklace Renoir, special, recognizable design of the brand is highly valued by many collectors

Vintage necklace Renoir, special, recognizable design of the brand. Renoir-Matisse jewellery is highly valued by many collectors

Vintage necklace Renoir, special, recognizable design of the brand is highly valued by many collectors. Renoir Jewellery was produced from 1946 to 1964, the brand specialized in jewellery made of copper and copper-colored enamel (with marking Matisse). Copper with blackening, marking – Renoir, 1946-1955s, USA.

Vintage necklace Renoir, special, recognizable design of the brand is highly valued by many collectors

Vintage necklace Renoir, special, recognizable design of the brand is highly valued by many collectors

Renoir-Matisse jewellery

Renoir-Matisse jewellery

Renoir-Matisse jewellery, marked

Renoir-Matisse jewellery, marked

The Renoir bracelet of copper, geometric decor

The Renoir bracelet of copper, geometric decor

Renoir-Matisse jewellery

The Renoir bracelets of copper, geometric decor ‘Swiss cheese’. End of the 1940s (left), bracelet of copper, the decor in the form of rings. The mid-1950s

Vintage set of copper - bracelet and cuff links, Matisse

Vintage set of copper – bracelet and cuff links, Matisse

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