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Wall sculpture with five brass and four steel fan-shaped pieces welded together to make this free-form wall sculpture. Good overall condition. The hardware on the back is designed for vertical or horizontal mounting. Geometrical composition of convex/concave brass and chrome triangular segment.

Curtis Jere brass and chrome modernist sculpture. C. Jeré is a metalwork artist of wall sculptures and household accessories. C. Jeré works are made and marketed by the corporation 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. Their goal was to produce “gallery-quality art for the masses”. Prior to the establishment of Artisan House, the partners built a costume jewellery business, selling work under the names Renoir and Matisse, which employed around 300 people at one point. Kurt and Jerry sold Artisan House in 1972. Kurt Freiler died July 22, 2013 at the age of 103.

 

Creator: Curtis Jere (Designer)

Of the Period: Mid-Century Modern

Place of Origin: United States

Date of Manufacture: 1974

Period: 1970-1979

Materials and Techniques: Metal

Condition: Good

Wear: Wear consistent with age and use

Measurements: 28″ tall x 46 1/2″ wide x 1″ deep

 

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