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Curtis Jere
Hand Carved Painted Wood Folk Art Americana Sculpture Pair American Gothic

1982

$3,600

About

C. Jeré ( or Curtis Jere) is a metalwork artist of wall sculptures and household accessories. C. Jeré works are made by Artisan House. Curtis Jere is a compound nom de plume of artists Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels. The two founders combined pieces of their own names to create the C. Jeré signature. Modernism magazine interviewed Jerry Fels shortly before his death in October 2008. According to the resulting article in the Spring 2007 issue of Modernism magazine page 116, the company was founded in 1963 by Fels and his brother-in-law Curtis (Kurt) Freiler. Freiler was the production chief and Fels was head of design. Prior to the establishment of Artisan House, the partners built a costume jewelry business, selling work under the names Renoir and Matisse. Kurt and Jerry sold Artisan House in 1972. Kurt Freiler died July 22, 2013 at the age of 103. Writer Mitchell Owens wrote a two-page article on the history of C. Jeré for the November 2010 issue of Elle Decor. In it he states that "Today those pieces are attracting the admiration of leading dealers in vintage chic". He goes on to say that after launching in 1964 Jere sculptures were "distributed by Raymor, a cutting edge studio in New York City, and retailed at Gump's in San Francisco and other high quality emporiums". He also reported that "Under Freiler's meticulous direction, the workers - a number of whom were minorities or handicapped - sheared, crimped, torched, and welded brass, copper, and other metals before coating them with luminous patinas." C. Jeré works range from representational to highly abstract. Some of the older techniques, such as enameling, using resin, and the bronzes, haven't been used in decades. While most of their work is in metal, ranging from Pop Art oversize kitchen utensils and brutalist brnze starburst sculptures, this is an unusual hand carved painted wooden folk art sculpture in a vintage Whimsical Americana style. The man is holding a metal cane.

Details

  • Creator
    Curtis Jere (American)
  • Creation Year
    1982
  • Dimensions
    Height: 34 in. (86.36 cm)Width: 18.5 in. (46.99 cm)Depth: 9 in. (22.86 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    minor wear, dimensions are for both, each bvase is about 9X9 the taller is 34 inches high.
  • Gallery Location
    Bal Harbour, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3823596332

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    Ships From: Bal Harbour, FL
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About the Artist

Curtis Jere

Though the name Curtis Jeré is familiar to many as the maker of ebullient and eccentric modern design from the 1960s and ‘70s, relatively few are aware that it is a pseudonym for the design team of Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels. Together, the two created some of the most striking and vivid furnishings and decorative objects of their era, from sculptures and dynamically framed mirrors, to lighting and wall decorations.

New Yorkers Freiler and Fels had collaborated for two decades on small jewelry lines before launching a design company called Artisan House in 1964. They combined variants of their names to create an artful persona — sometimes shortened to C. Jeré; the "surname" is pronounced with a rising inflection: jhayr-EH — that stood behind large-scale decorative metalwork, marked by semi-abstract petal forms with burnt and brazed edges. Fels served as head of design, and Freiler, known for his keen handiwork, was the production chief. The pair’s eclectic metalwork has captivated decorative art collectors and interior designers ever since.

The work of Curtis Jeré displays a sense of playfulness and curiosity, while drawing on inspirations and themes that include flowers, discs, geometric forms and animal figures. Freiler and Fels had a masterful ability to work with different materials, such as patinated brass and brilliant chrome.

The price of a Curtis Jeré mirror, lamp, wall-mounted sculpture or tabletop sculpture can range from $400 to $12,000, depending on the size, the rarity of the piece, the intricacy of the metalwork and the materials used in its construction. Other factors like condition can affect the perceived value and, thus, the cost of works by Curtis Jeré.

As you will see on 1stDibs, the imaginative powers of the designers of Curtis Jeré pieces were boundless, and their creations will add a dash of verve in any room.

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