Mid-Century Modern Owl Sculpture by Curtis Jere in Cast Aluminum on Wood Stump For Sale
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Mid-Century Modern Owl Sculpture by Curtis Jere in Cast Aluminum on Wood Stump

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Handsome cast aluminum Mid-Century Modern owl sculpture by Curtis Jere on a natural bark-on wood stump. He has great acrylic eyes. He is in wonderful vintage condition with the normal wear you would expect with age. Some of the bark is peeling but only makes him more unique. Please see photos. Signed C. Jere and dated 1969. Who who who wants this guy!? I do I do! But I can’t. I have no more room. So, hurry and buy him before I have time to change my mind or make a space for him. This is one of the most wonderful C. Jere, or Curtis Jere, sculptures from Artisan House I have ever seen. Obviously, I’m in love. This cast aluminum owl has the most awesome big acrylic eyes and is perched adorably on a natural wood stump with its bark still in place. It has a little brass tag attached to the stump that is signed C. Jere and dated ’69. We used to think Curtis Jere was a single artist but as “his” fame grew we learned that “he” is not a single artist but is a nom-de-plume for a group of artists working for Artisan House. And Curtis Jere is a combination of the names of Artisan House’s founders, Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels. Curtis Freiler, a German immigrant and manufacturing guru, and Jerry Fels, a NY based artist, were not only friends and brothers-in-law but business partners. First, they established a thriving costume jewelry business together which sold under the names of Renoir and Matisse, two well known names for popular mid-20th century costume jewelry. They then founded Artisan House which produced their designs of various sculptures and other decorative items for the home both artistic and whimsical. Jerry Fels died November 5, 2007 and Curtis Freiler passed July 22, 2013 at a ripe old age of 103. But their legacy lives on in their fabulous art. Artisan House was founded in 1964 by friends and brothers-in-law, Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels. They employed a stabile of artists to carry out the making of designs created by founders Freiler and Fels. These pieces were signed with C. Jere or Curtis Jere, which is a nom-de-plume and combination of both their names. They grew a successful business providing an eclectic collection of decorative sculptures for wall, table, and floors. During the mid-20th century, the C. Jere/Artisan House sculptures and metal work were distributed by Raymor, a well-known name in midcentury collectibles, and sold at Gump’s in San Francisco and other upscale retail establishments. Over the years Artisan House was sold and resold remaining successfully in business today. But it is their vintage treasures that have caught the eyes of leading designers and collectors. WHO-ever in their right mind doesn’t want this handsome and quirky guy? And with his history you need to make him yours! Sculpture: ? O/A Height – 12 inches ? Height of Owl - 7 inches ? Width – 5.75 inches ? Depth – 4 inches ? Weight – 3.9 pounds Boxed size: ? Height – 15 inches ? Width – 9 inches ? Depth – 7 inches ? Weight – 6 pounds.  

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    Good
  • Condition Details
    He is in wonderful vintage condition with the normal wear you would expect with age. Some of the bark is peeling but only makes him more unique. Please see photos.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 12 in. x W 5.75 in. x D 4 in.H 30.48 cm x W 14.61 cm x D 10.16 cm
  • Seller Location
    Topeka, KS
  • Seller Reference Number
    COC-DEC-168
  • Reference Number
    LU1873313755752
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About Curtis Jere (Designer)

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 - $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 these pages, 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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