WHO is Curtis Jeré?

Oct 11, 2010 | Designs and Designers

C. Jeré

Curtis Jeré is a compound nom-de-plume of artists Jerry Fels and Curtis Freiler.  Fels made a name for himself in the 1940s with his successful Renoir and Matisse lines of copper jewelry.  Jerry Fels and Curtis Freiler founded Artisan House in 1964.  The goal was to produce gallery-quality art for the masses.  Curtis Freiler was production chief, while Jerry Fels was the head of design.  They acquired numerous artists and craftsmen for Artisan House to duplicate their designs.  Every piece produced bore the C. Jeré signature, which became the trademark of Artisan House.

The Gumps label, still attached to a 1968 C. Jeré sculpture, is indicative of the way Jeré was promoted as a single artist in the 60s and 70s.

 C. Jeré metal sculptures

Curtis Jeré works are handcrafted of rich metals, including copper, bronze, brass, steel, aluminum and chrome.  The designs include sculpture, lighting, furniture and household accessories.  C. Jeré works range from representational to highly abstract.

Jerry Fels and Curtis Freiler sold Artisan House in 1972.  Artisan House has since been sold and resold over the years.  However, the vision of gallery-quality art for the masses has been maintained and further expanded.

In 2007, Jonathan Adler commissioned Artisan House to reproduce some of their iconic vintage sculptures.


CIRCA WHO Item #2738  


 Large C. Jeré “Raindrops” Wall Sculpture

CIRCA WHO Item #2658 


  C. Jeré “Raindrops” Wall Sculpture

CIRCA WHO Item #1291

C. Jeré “Circus” Wall or Tabletop Sculpture

 CIRCA WHO Item #2374


C. Jeré “Out Fold” 1985 Wall Sculpture

CIRCA WHO has SOLD many C Jeré pieces over the years.  The prices have soared into the thousands due to the demand for the more desirable pieces such as the “Raindrops” and “Sunburst”.  However, there are many C Jeré sculptures out there for less and they are just as FAB.

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Vintage 1970 C. Jeré Standing Tree Sculpture


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TV: SamsungChair: Palecek, in Peter Fasano fabricLight: Shades from the Midnight SunWallcovering: Schumacher (foyer).


Every appliance is concealed by painted paneling. Counter stools: Artistic FramePendants: Weplight, with Radish Moon fabricBacksplash: Tiles of Ezra.

Breakfast nook

Bowman chose a seafoam green for the spot where the family enjoys casual meals. Wallcovering: Phillip JeffriesChandelier: Julie NeillChairs: Design Within Reach, in Pierre Frey fabricTable: custom.

Dining Room

Bunk Room

Bowman turned a tiny space into a spare bedroom for the children’s friends. Floor tile: Mirth StudioWallcovering: ThibautPaint: Cloud White (trim, bunks) and In Your Eyes (ceiling), Benjamin Moore.

Girl’s Room

The room was decorated so that (optimistically) it will last through her teen years. Paint: Sprout, Sherwin-WilliamsWallcovering: Pacific Designs International (ceiling). Nightstand: Chelsea TextilesSconces: PalecekCurtains: Lisa Fine TextilesBedding: MatoukBed: Coley Home.

Primary Bathroom


Painted cement tile by Sabine Hill and Perennials performance fabric can withstand post-pool hangouts. Paint: Marry Me (cabinets), Benjamin MooreWallcovering: Pacific Designs InternationalSofa: vintage.


Pool House

Shutters painted in Pink Cloud by Benjamin Moore are a subtle departure from the neighboring homes—yet still wholly Floridian.