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Curtis Jere Flock of Flying Birds Metal Wall Hanging Sculpture Signed Dated 1989

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Handsome wall hanging sculpture in gold tone metal of a flock of flying birds or seagulls by Curtis Jere. This piece is in fabulous vintage condition. Signed C. Jere 1989. This fantastic wall sculpture looks fabulous from every direction! It should definitely be hanging on your wall! Comprised of stylized gold tone metal birds in flight welded together to create a flock. You can hang it level or hang is askew, and it still looks wonderful. Signed and dated C. Jere 1989, it was created by Curtis Jere who is not a single artist but is a nom-de-plume for a group of artists working for Artisan House. Artisan House artists included founders Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels and Curtis Jere is a combination of their names. Before founding Artisan House these two friends and brothers-in-law had built a costume jewelry business which sold under the names of Renoir and Matisse, two well-known names of mid-20th century costume jewelry. During the mid-20th century, the C. Jere 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. Jerry Fels died 11/5/07 and Curtis Freiler, his brother-in-law passed 7/22/13 at a ripe old age of 103. But their legacy lives on in these fabulous sculptures. Over the years Artisan House was sold and resold remaining in business today. You know you want these beautiful birds. Make this intriguing brutalist style sculpture yours! Wall sculpture: • O/A height – 21.5 inches • O/A width – 55.5 inches • O/A depth – 7.75 inches • Weight – 10.8 pounds Boxed size: • Height – 25 inches • Width – 59 inches • Depth – 11 inches • Weight – 13 pounds.  

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    Good
  • Condition Details
    This piece is in fabulous vintage condition. Please see photos.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 21.5 in. x W 55.5 in. x D 7.75 in.H 54.61 cm x W 140.97 cm x D 19.69 cm
  • Seller Location
    Topeka, KS
  • Seller Reference Number
    414MAT-DEC-152
  • Reference Number
    LU1873313267442
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About Curtis Jere (Artist)

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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