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This profile was last updated on 10/13/12  and contains information from public web pages.

Founder

Local Address: California, United States
Renoir
 
Background

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Renoir of Hollywood
  • Founder
    Matisse Ltd
  • Founder
    Renoir of California , Inc
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Web References
Matisse" was introduced in 1952, with ...
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Matisse" was introduced in 1952, with the lovely enamel on copper look. ... "Matisse" was introduced by Jerry Fels of Renoir in 1952, with the lovely enamel on copper .... matisse copper items - Get great deals on Jewelry Watches .... Buy matisse copper, Jewelry Watches items on eBay.
Renoir Matisse | Emerald City Vintage Costume Jewelry
www.emcity.com, 26 May 2006 [cached]
Founded in 1946 by Jerry Fels, Renoir of California produced copper jewelry until about 1964.
Renoir Matisse Collectible Copper Art Jewelry
www.bctreasuretrove.com, 4 Aug 2010 [cached]
"Renoir of Hollywood" was founded by Jerry Fels, his brother-in-law, and another friend in 1946 and following a disastrous fire in 1948, changes were made the company was now "Renoir of California, Incorporated".Fels chose the name, Renoir, after noticing the success of Monet costume and he wanted the name to reflect his intent of producing fine, artistic jewelry.
Later, in 1952, Fels started a new line of jewelry - "Matisse, Ltd". his line produced copper jewelry very similar to the Renoir line, but included enameling.One will notice that some jewelry designs are marked "Renoir" or "Matisse", while others are marked "Renoir Matisse".Designs that were made in copper only were marked with only Renoir and designs only with enameling were marked Matisse.
Blog : About Vintage Costume Jewellery : Stardust, The Online Genuine Vintage and Retro Fashion Accessories Boutique
www.stardustonline.co.uk, 21 Oct 2010 [cached]
Renoir/Matisse - Jerry Fels founded the Renoir line of jewellery in Los Angeles in 1946. Their jewellery was made mainly from copper although they did use sterling silver. From the 1930s to the 50s copper was popular with metal workers active in the Arts and Crafts designs of that time. The jewellery was contemporary and abstract in design and leaned towards modern art. It had a hand-hammered look using rhinestones as the key material. Jerry Fels and his family founded Matisse Ltd in 1952.
HAGJewels - Renoir / Matisse (Jerry Fels)!
www.hagjewels.com, 27 Mar 2011 [cached]
(Jerry Fels)
Renoir of California, established in Los Angeles in 1946 by Jerry Fels, specialized in copper jewelry of geometric or abstract forms. Matisse, LTD. ,also established in Los Angeles by Jerry Fels and family in 1952, featured copper jewelry with colorful enameled designs. Both companies ceased production in 1964. [Reference Source: http://www.broadwaterrosejewels.com/Jewelry%20Marks%20and%20Identification.htm]
Renoir: Renoir was best known for their uniquely shaped solid copper jewelry. Growing out of the American Arts & Crafts movement, copper was a popular choice for early 20th century metalworkers active in the Arts & Crafts design. Renoir was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1946 by Jerry Fels, and from the outset he took the company in the direction of contemporary abstract designs evocative of modern art just coming on the scene. Recreating the look of hand-hammered copper as their material of choice, Renoir has always made a nice change from the more typical costume jewelry using rhinestones as the key material. The Fels family also founded another important name in 20th century costume jewelry, Matisse, Ltd. Matisse also created fine copper jewelry but added enamel decoration to the surface and taking the jewelry in new directions. Both Renoir and Matisse ceased ongoing operations in 1964. [Reference Source: Fabulous Costume Jewelry: History of Fantasy and Fashion in Jewels @ the Collectics Collector Bookstore]
Curtis Jere' is a compound non-de-plume for a design group formed and directed by Jerry Fels for their company Artisan House . The company was formed by Jerry Fels and Curtis Freiler and has since been sold and resold.
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Jerry Fels specialized in design and sales, Mr Freiler ran production.
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The Renoir line of jewelry was founded in Los Angeles, CA in 1946 by Jerry Fels.
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Another company, Matisse, Ltd. was also founded in Los Angeles by Jerry Fels and his family in 1952.
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Founded in Los Angeles, California in 1946 by Jerry Fels who used modern, abstract motifs in fashioning his copper jewelry. He also established the Matisse company, which added enamel to the designs. Wonderful mid-century color combinations can be found in the Matisse line. Many pieces are signed both Renoir and Matisse. Renoir and Matisse discontinued operations in 1964 and the jewelry the companies produced is considered very collectible today! [Reference Source: http://www.bctreasuretrove.com/category_37/Renoir-Matisse.htm]
Matisse, subsidiary of Renoir of California that was founded in 1946 by Jerry Fels, specialized from 1952 onwards in the enamelled version of his red copper designs, that were already sold earlier under the name Renoir. Both Matisse and Renoir jewelry was made until 1964, when Fels retired and left for Florida.
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Renoir was manufactured in California by Jerry Fels and his partners, and this prolific company made Renoir (copper without enamel), Matisse (copper with enamel) and much less often found Sauterne, a sterling silver line. Other less well known companies also specialized in copper. The choice of a Beatnik generation, these pieces were the flip side for people for whom glitzy rhinestone didn't appeal. [Reference Source: http://www.pastandpresentjewelry.com/copper.html]
Renoir: Renoir was best known for their uniquely shaped solid copper jewelry. Growing out of the American Arts & Crafts movement, copper was a popular choice for early 20th century metalworkers active in the Arts & Crafts design. Jerry Fels founded Renoir in Los Angeles, California in 1946, and from the outset he took the company in the direction of contemporary abstract designs evocative of modern art just coming on the scene.
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