A classic signed MATISSE copper and red and black speckled enamel Modernist necklace done in linked squares. It is 17 inches long including the extension so very easy to wear and to adjust to your comfort. It is 3/4 inch wide. A great looking piece, signed in a cartouche on the back in script, Matisse. A classic vintage design that looks as modern as if it were made today. Circa: 1950s-60s
Copper is a handsome metal in its own right, whose malleability makes it easy to form into bracelets, bangles, earrings, necklaces, and brooches. Whether polished to a high sheen, enameled, or chosen as the backdrop for one or more signature stones, copper can hold its own in even the most gold-and-silver laden jewelry box! Renoir produced copper jewelry from the mid 1940s until 1964. From the firm's Santa Monica, California workshop, the Renoir firm specialized in costume jewelry pieces with strong geometric, modernist, and abstract forms in copper. Jerry Fels, the founder, took jewelry design in a new direction by integrating enamel designs into its existing lines. The new enamel pieces were called Matisse pieces and were a big hit with celebrities, movie stars, and the Hollywood elite. Lana Turner and Betty Davis were just some of the big name celebrities that wore Renoir and specifically, Matisse pieces.
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