Apr. 06

 

C. Jere Wall Sculpture Is Cool: What To Know If You Want To Collect Plus Affordable Alternatives

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. That flock of seagulls is going above the bed in my new master bedroom in Montauk.  An Ebay score, I can’t wait for it to arrive.

It is a C. Jere (also known as Curtis Jere) wall sculpture and I think they are fabulous.

I have even managed to sneak one into a home from the Federal period.  The husband was a bit dubious, but once we hung it up he was sold.  (BTW, to see more of this house, click here.)

Photo by Ellen McDermott

I am not alone.  Plenty other designers are as enamored as I am.

David Jimenez has one in his Palm Beach house.  This one is known as the raindrops sculpture.  It is very popular.

Photo from his website

Emma Jane Pilkington has one.

Photo by Edward Addeo via Cote de Texas

Katie Ridder has a very colorful example in her Westchester County dining room.

Photo via Elle Decor

Raindrops also is seen in designer Frank Roop’s Boston home.

Photo from Elle Decor.

Here it is again in a house decorated by Palmer Weiss.

Photo from Palmer Weiss Interior Design

There are many other interesting forms.

Take, for example, this standing tree sculpture.

Photo from Metropolitan Home via Circa Who

Firmament is another colorful example.

Photo from Elle Decor

Here is a different abstract in between the windows.

Photo from Architectural Digest via Circa Who

Love this giant pom pom.

Photo from the Inside Source via Circa Who

This one is gigantic!  Actually “my” seagulls are fairly large too: 57″ x 22″.  When will the package get here???

Photo via Style Carrot

This image is from flickr, which notes that this sculpture was an eBay find.  Good one!

 

More tree forms.  There are many varieties.

Next 2 photos via Apartment Therapy

C. Jere was prolific.  There are loads of different designs.  Here is a harbor scene.

Photo via Uber Modern

And a bridge.

Photo via Jamie Herzlinger blog

Have I convinced you that you want one yet?

So what do you need to know if you want to nab an original?

First and foremost, every piece was signed.  Pass it up if there is no signature.

Second, just so you sound knowledgeable, Curtis Jere is not one person but two. Jerry Fels and Kurt Freiler paired up as design partners in the 1940s.  They even married sisters.

First they made costume jewelry with copper and enameled copper throughout the 1950s and early 60s under the Renoir and Matisse brands.

Photo via the Perlin Jewelry e-store

Around 1964, after a fire destroyed their jewelry factory and inventory, they decided to begin anew.

They launched Artisan House, which quickly became known for its imaginative, quirky wall sculptures.  Sometimes Kurt referred to himself as “Curtis” and C. Jere was a creative abbreviation of their two names.

You can hunt for C. Jere sculptures on Ebay, Etsy, Circa Who (link above) and 1st Dibs.  I have found some great examples at my Stamford haunts.

If you don’t want to search, go straight to Jonathan Adler. He partnered with Artisan House to reissue some of the more popular pieces.  This is just a few of what’s available.

Photo from Casa Sugar

It is hard to get a bargain on a vintage C. Jere sculpture.  They start around $1000.  The least expensive Adler reissue is $995.

If you like the look of a metal wall sculpture, and don’t mind if it is not a C. Jere, there are a couple of nice pieces out in the market today for much less.

This large (60″ tall) wall sculpture in gold and pewter tones is available at Charleston Gardens.  At $215, it is a particularly attractive steal. 

For $529, you can get the Summer Oak sculpture from Frontgate.

Williams Sonoma Home offers a spiky mirror sculpture for $350. 

And, saving the best bargain for last, Target offers this stunner for a mere $69.99. 

 

So think sculpture the next time you need wall decor for a chic, hip look!

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11 Responses to “C. Jere Wall Sculpture Is Cool: What To Know If You Want To Collect Plus Affordable Alternatives”

  1. Alicia says:

    It’s almost freakish how you and i are on the same page sometimes. I was just collecting images to do a post like this!! I’ll stop :)
    xoxo

  2. denise says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! Can’t wait to see it in MTK! This summer??

  3. decorarts says:

    Oh so glad you like it. Technically waiting to seal the deal. Working very hard to get things done for this summer. With any luck, chez Byrne by the beach should be open for visitors by mid July!

    Sent from my iPad

  4. decorarts says:

    Really? Oh my. I think you should go ahead. I am sure you will bring a new perspective. Xo, Lynn

    Sent from my iPad

  5. designchic says:

    so beautiful…found the perfect one for my imaginary beach house!!

  6. decorarts says:

    I am just sooooo excited to get it. Now if I can get my act together, I will do a post about my plans for the whole room!

    Sent from my iPad

  7. quintessence says:

    GREAT post!! So interesting to see all the different variations and in different designs. Very well done!

  8. decorarts says:

    AW shucks, thanks. :-) Lynn

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  11. Lynn Fagerstrom says:

    I own Raindrops and love it! I frequently check back to this post and look at the photos. An ex-boyfriend’s mother bought my piece in 1970 at Sanger Harris in Dallas, Texas. She was downsizing and asked $50 for it and then just gave it to me for being such a good girlfriend to her son. That was 2012.

    Thank you for the beautiful photos!

    Lynn Fagerstrom

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