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Mid-Century Metal Wall Art, "Sailboat Regatta" by C. Jere'

Mid-Century Metal Wall Art, "Sailboat Regatta" by C. Jere'


A vintage metal wall art piece called “Sailboat Regatta”, signed by C. Jere from Snowdrift Antiques.


Curtis Jere’ is a compound pen name or nom de plume of artists and brothers-in-law Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels. This artistic pair used enamel, brass, copper and steel to create decorative metal wall sculptures of various types. Their collaboration began in 1963, fueled by their shared interest of “creating gallery quality art for the masses”. Their pieces typically bear the signature “C. Jere' ”.


Fels served as head of design while Freiler, known for his agile metalwork, was the production chief. Together, they created some of the most striking and vivid furnishings and decorative objects of their era, from sculptures and dynamically framed mirrors, to lighting and various eclectic metal creations. Today, their pieces are highly sought after by mid-century art collectors and aficionados.


In order to manufacture their creations they founded the company Artisan House to also function as a worldwide distributor. Artisan House was sold in 1972. Jerry Fels passed away in 2007 at the age of 90. In 2013 Curt Freiler passed away at the age of 103.


This piece is called “Sailboat Regatta”.


It is a mix of welded copper, brass and steel and possibly some other metals as well. Most, if not all C. Jere’ pieces were signed with a very small “© C. Jere’ “, and that is the case here, along with the date “ ‘68”.


This piece is in excellent vintage condition.  I would not advise trying to polish it as the loss of patina and possibly the signature would decrease its value.


This piece measures 61 inches by 29 inches by 7 inches deep.


This is a beautiful Jere’ piece with a cool mid-century style.


This piece will be delivered by freight and NOT by USPS, UPS or FedEx. It is too valuable and fragile to try to package to survive their handling.


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