Renoir-Matisse Jewelry (1946-1964)
Renoir Jewelry was founded by Jerry Fels in 1946.
After completing his studies at the National Academy of Art, he launched Renoir in his home town, Los Angeles.
Renoir-Matisse specialised in the production of exquisite jewelry made from copper. At the time copper was a popular metal among jewelers that were fans of the Arts & Crafts style.
Products of Renoir-Matisse show enthusiasm and imagination, with an impeccable choice of shape and colour inspired by abstract, geometric, earthy and floral motifs.
The tremendous success of Renoir inspired Fels to establish Matisse in 1952. Matisse’s designs differed in that copper was covered with enamelin in the most diverse range of colours and shades.
Both brands ceased operations in 1964. Renoir operated from 1946 to 1964, Matisse from 1952 to 1964, and Sauteur (sterling silver jewelry) from 1958 to 1963.