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Vintage Matisse Renoir Copper Enamel Earrings Streamlined V Mid Century Modern 1950s Jewelry

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Vintage Matisse Renoir copper earrings with black speckled enamel have a streamlined design reminiscent of a bug (cicada, wasp?), or, at the very least, a strong architectural “V.” Founded in 1946 by Jerry Fels, Renoir of California produced copper jewelry until about 1964. The Matisse mark was used only on beautiful enameled pieces like this, produced in the 1950's. They are in fine vintage condition with light surface scratching and one ding on the left lower inside edge of the V (see picture). The enamel is in excellent shape. They are lacquered to prevent tarnishing. One ear clip is marked “Matisse” in script, while the other is marked “©Matisse.”

One resource states that the Renoir line of jewelry was an alternative type of adornment for the Beatnik generation who embraced the simplicity of copper and enamel versus the glitzy use of rhinestones so prevalent during this period. In the 1950’s, when conformity was everything in suburban post WWII America, Renoir jewelry was designed to a different drumbeat, and offered an alternate modern style.

SIZE: 1-3/16”H x 5/8”W

Please be sure to view another pair of Renoir earrings from my shop here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/96610400/vintage-matisse-renoir-copper-enamel

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Vintage Matisse Renoir Copper Enamel Earrings Streamlined V Mid Century Modern 1950s Jewelry


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: copper, enamel
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