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This is a beautiful vintage 1950s modernist RENOIR copper cuff "Wave" bracelet. The bracelet would fit a 6 1/2"-7" wrist and is 3/4" wide. It is in excellent vintage condition.


History:

Jerry Fels and two partners, Curt Freiler and Nat Zausner, started the Renoir company in Hollywood, California, in 1946. Originally named "Renoir of Hollywood" the name was changed in about 1948 to "Renoir of California". The company produced copper jewelry until about 1964.

The choice of the 1950s Beatnik generation, copper pieces were the flip side for people for whom glitzy rhinestone didn't appeal. The most collectable pieces of copper today were made by companies that specialized in copper jewelry, namely Rebajes and Renoir.

Renoir was known for its solid copper cuffs, as well as its hinged bangles. Renoir pieces took their inspiration from the Arts and Crafts era. Playing with geometry was a favorite preoccupation of Renoir designer as were leaf shapes and other floral motifs.

One of Renoir’s most recognizable designs is the brooch-and-earrings demi-parure based on an artist’s palette, complete with brushes in the thumb hole. This same design was later updated by Matisse, with enamelling on the surface of the palette to differentiate it from the copper brushes. Matisse palettes came in shades of red, orange, green, and blue.

Like the palettes, Matisse’s maple leaf demi-parures were anchored by a uniform copper outline—in this case, a leaf with a stem that ends in a hypnotizing spiral—with different enamel treatments on top. Of these, the ones that paired gold, blue, or red with black, plus accents of copper berries sitting in relief on the surface of the leaves, are especially memorable.

During the Korean War copper and aluminum were used together for a brief time. The mark "Hand Made Renoir of California" was used from 1952-1954, and "Renoir" was used thereafter. "Matisse" was introduced in 1952, with the lovely enamel on copper look. After 1954 pieces bore the copyright mark. In the mid-50s Renoir also did sterling silver jewelry and that line was named "Sauteur". Renoir was closed in 1964. The Matisse mark was used only on the luscious enameled pieces produced starting in the early 1950s. The Sauteur line by Renoir was originally sterling pieces produced from the mid-1950s until 1960. To accommodate changing styles and the difficulty of producing the same copper designs in sterling, the line was redesigned with the brushed gold finish. These “Golden Glow” pieces were only made from 1961-1963.

Renoir Wave Copper Cuff Bracelet (BR-1-6)

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Material: pure copper
  • Ships worldwide from Missouri, United States
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