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Curtis Jeré Furniture

American

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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Creator: Curtis Jeré
Dealer: disegno Karina Gentinetta llc
Large Polished Brass Sail Boat Sculpture by Curtis Jere, Signed, circa 1970
By Curtis Jeré
Located in New York, NY
Curtis Jere boat or ship sculpture, signed, circa 1970. Newly professionally re-plated in brass. Original C. Jere label still attached. This sculpture...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Curtis Jeré Furniture

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Curtis Jeré furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Curtis Jeré furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Curtis Jeré furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Curtis Jeré were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Artisan House, Jerry Meatyard, and C. Jeré Artisan House. Prices for Curtis Jeré furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $175 and can go as high as $9,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,000.

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