I've been curious about the mysterious C. Jere. The quality of the metal work is all over the map;
'boy running with balloon' at JC Penny's, etc.
Some of the more interesting wall pieces fetch some high prices on e-bay.
I've not ever wanted one, but saw a pair of bookends this morning...
Found this info on a forum while searching.
(i've added the link to the forum discussion below)
Curtis Jere' is a compound non-de-plume for a design group formed and directed by Jerry Fels for their company Artisan House . The company was formed by Jerry Fels and Curtis Freiler and has since been sold and resold.
Prior to Artisan House, the partners built a costume jewelry business selling work under the names Renoir and Matisse which employed around 300 people at one point.
Jerry Fels specialized in design and sales, Mr Freiler ran production. Both men are still quite alive.
A number of different artists contributed designs that were produced under the C. Jere' name.
Hope this helps clear things up
>the JERE of Curtis Jere is VERY MUCH ALIVE
>---living as JERRY FELS.
>he is my great uncle. ... living in California
>his son, peter fels, is also a sculpter...
There is NO C Jere'...
It's the fictional name signed on the art produced by Artisan House, a company co-founded by my father Jerry Fels and uncle Kurt Freiler.
They sold the company years ago.
Kurt did the production and was extremely facile.
My father did design, sales, etc. After the company grew large enough, father began to bring in and direct other contributing artists.
Jerry Fels passed on ,on the 5th of November, 07 after a short illness. He had a long, full and actively productive life. He was a man of determination,talent and unusual integrity.
And...he made a hole on 1 golfing in his last, 90th year! Can't help but be proud of him.
I write this because;
We are in the process of liquidating his art collection, sadly.
There are some early Artisan House pieces.
There are a number of pieces that were submitted by artists to Artisan House for consideration by for incorporation into the line.
There are a number of prototypes made in house, not all of them were later actually produced...including castings in aluminum alloy and bronze...mostly finished, mounted sculptures.
There is also his personal collection of art in general...(some of which has already gone to the Bonham & Butterfield auction house) ....including paintings ( some by my parents), prints and a number of figure studies my father had done over the years.
Any guidance you might offer as to how sell these pieces, in the best possible way ,would certainly be appreciated.
in sadness...peter fels