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Karl Drerup Furniture

American, 1904-2000

Born in Borghorst, Germany in 1904, Karl Drerup earned a master’s degree in graphic arts working under Hans Meid at the Academy in Berlin in 1926. He then traveled to Italy to study painting with Felice Carena at the Academy in Florence. The political situation in Germany kept him from returning. His journey, accompanied by his wife Gertrude, led him to Madrid and then to the Canary Islands in 1934. He immigrated to New York City in 1937. Already an accomplished painter, ceramist and engraver, Drerup mastered enamel-making during his New York years and became a Charter Member of the Society of Designer-Craftsmen in 1945. At mid-century, Drerup was pre-eminent in the field of enamel painting on metal. He played a major role in re-establishing its popularity in the United States by rediscovering and applying a variety of techniques including multi-fired painterly renderings in wet charged glass, Cloisonne and Grisaille. In 1941, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York began buying his enamels. His works were subsequently purchased by many permanent collections throughout the world including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, the Dallas Museum of Art, the State of New Hampshire’s Living Treasures Collection and museums in Los Angeles, Wichita, Newark and the Smithsonian Institution. In 1946, Drerup and his wife moved to Thornton, New Hampshire. He immediately became active in the League of New Hampshire Arts and Crafts and served as a member of the League Council. Two years later, he became Plymouth State College’s first art professor. He said he would come to demonstrate for two days and stayed for 20 years. In this capacity, he directly influenced many generations of practicing artists, craftspeople and teachers throughout New England and the United States. In 1986, after 18 years of retirement, the college named its art gallery after him and granted him an Honorary Doctorate. Drerup set exacting standards for himself and his work. His extensive knowledge of art history coupled with his conviction that his work should speak for itself and has contributed to the excellence of American Craft. In 1995, Drerup became a Fellow of the American Crafts Council and in 1989, he became a New Hampshire Living Treasures Award recipient. Drerup died at the age of 94 on November 22, 2000.

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Creator: Karl Drerup
1950s Karl Drerup Enamel on Copper Frame Artwork
By Karl Drerup
Located in New York, NY
1950s modern enamel on copper frame artwork by American enamel artist Karl Drerup. A rare collection of 5 pieces is available.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Karl Drerup Furniture

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Copper, Enamel

"Noah's Ark" Enamel Bowl, Masterpiece of Mid Century Artistry by Drerup
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2 Piece Lot Mid Century Enamel Dishes by Karl Drerup
By Karl Drerup
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Nice lot of 2 enamel bowls by noted mid century enamel artist Karl Drerup. Both bowls are in good, original estate condition, the rooster bowl shows an in...
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Karl Drerup Enamel Metal and Sterling Silver, Plaque/Brooch/Pin Picture, Signed
By Karl Drerup
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Master enamelist Karl Drerup, known as one of the best mid century painters on fire . DK mark. Mounted in Sterling silver frame and also marked Jo...
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"Circus Scene, " Masterpiece Enamel Bowl w/ Trapeze Artists in Deep Red and Green
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This brilliantly-hued enamel bowl showing a circus scene, complete with trapeze artists, musician and clown, is a tour de force of midcentury enamel art. It was created by the famed ...
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Karl Drerup Enamel on Copper Modern Artwork
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Brilliant, Rare "Nativity" Enamel Panel by Karl Drerup
By Karl Drerup
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Arguably the finest enamel artist that America has ever seen, Karl Drerup immigrated here from Germany in 1937, his anti-Nazi activism and his wife's Jewish heritage forcing them to ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Drerup Furniture

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1950s Karl Drerup Modern Enamel on Copper Artwork
By Karl Drerup
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"Spouting Whale, " Mid-Century Masterpiece of Enamel Painting by Drerup
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"Sailing Ship and Dolphins, " Important Mid-Century Bowl with Vivid Enamels
By Karl Drerup
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An extremely fine piece of enamel painting by master artist Karl Drerup, this large bowl depicts a sailing ship with seagulls overhead, and dolphins cavorting below, in a sea of gorg...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Drerup Furniture

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"Cones and Olives, " Superb Footed Enamel Dish Depicting Sea Shells
By Karl Drerup
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Crafted by, arguably, America's finest Mid-Century enamel artist, Karl Drerup, this superb and unique dish depicts a grouping of sea shells dominated by Olive and Cone specimens, all...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Karl Drerup Furniture

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"Fishermen in the Mediterranean, " Important Mid-Century Enamel by Drerup
By Karl Drerup
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Featuring the deep blue, red and green jewel-tones for which he was famous, this rare and important footed enamel dish was created by the great master of enamel painting, Karl Drerup...
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Karl Drerup furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Karl Drerup 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 Karl Drerup furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Karl Drerup were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Rose Cabat, Laura Andreson, and Robert Indiana. Prices for Karl Drerup furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $450 and can go as high as $6,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,200.

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