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Renoir-Matisse jewellery (1946 – 1964)

Renoir-Matisse jewellery

Maple leaf brooch and earrings. White and yellow enamel on copper. Mid-1950s. Renoir-Matisse jewellery (1946 – 1964)

Renoir-Matisse jewellery
The history of Renoir-Matisse jewellery lasted for two decades, from the 1946 to 1964. Jerry Fels began his career in the company “Sceptron Jewelry” in 1944, where he worked on the creation of original costume jewelry.
He had just finished his teaching in the National Academy of Art and, without hesitation, launched a private company – Renoir of California Inc. in his hometown – Los Angeles. Originally, he specialized in the production of exquisite jewelry from copper. Why copper? This is because in 1930-1950 copper was an extremely popular metal among jewelers – fans of Arts & Crafts Style.
Each product of Renoir-Matisse jewellery shows 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.

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

Maple leaf Brooch and earrings. Copper, green and dark green enamel. Mid-1950s

The tremendous success of the enterprise inspired the wizard for new projects, and in 1952 he founded, 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, and plant items (copper leaves, flowers, covered with colorful enamel), and fish or butterflies.
Popular Renoir-Matisse jewellery stopped production, and ceased to exist in 1964, but upscale jewelry by Jerry Fels still captivates collectors and connoisseurs.
So, Renoir name was used from 1946 to 1964, while Matisse 1952-1964, and Sauteur (sterling silver jewelry) 1958-1963.

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

Renoir-Matisse jewellery (1946 – 1964)

Black and white enamel square shaped copper earclips

Black and white enamel square shaped copper earclips

Butterfly brooch. Copper, enamel

Butterfly brooch. Copper, enamel

Comedy and tragedy theatrical masks copper brooch signed Renoir

Comedy and tragedy theatrical masks copper brooch signed Renoir

Turquoise enamel copper earclips

Turquoise enamel copper earclips

White enamel leaf copper brooch M&R

White enamel leaf copper brooch M&R

Renoir-Matisse jewellery clips Ballerina

Ballerina earclips , Art Nouveau style. Silver-plated copper

Renoir-Matisse jewellery

Copper bracelet, geometric decor

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

1946-1955s necklace, Copper with blackening

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

Necklace

Renoir-Matisse jewellery

Enameled pendant brooch and earrings

The Renoir bracelet of copper, geometric decor

Copper bracelet, geometric decor

Renoir-Matisse jewellery

‘Swiss cheese’ copper bracelet. 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

Copper bracelet and cuff links, Matisse

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

Double leaf copper brooch, white and dark gray enamel. Mid-1950s

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, enamel. Mid-1950s

Red accent artist's palette brooch and earrings, book piece

Red accent artist’s palette brooch and earrings, book piece

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

Renoir mark

Renoir mark

Signature

Sauteur Renoir mark