Posts Tagged ‘designer’

C. Jere

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

stone and metal tree sculptureCurtis Jere made lamps, mirrors, and table sculptures in the 1960s and 70s, but was probably best known for its metal wall sculptures. Like some of the other “designers” mentioned on Absolute Galore recently, C. Jere, as many of the works were signed, was not an actual person, but the design team of Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels.

The pair became successful enough that they began bringing in other artisans to fabricate their designs. Many of the wall sculptures are kitschy, sentimental landscapes, others are great mid-century decorative pieces. The lamps mostly have an air of  high 70s chrome or brass glam. I picked up this table sculpture for five bucks at auction years ago. It’s unsigned, and although I do not believe it’s a C. Jere, it’s certainly “in the style of,” as I’ve seen similar silver dollar tree sculptures with the Jere designation. In any case, it’s the kind of mid century piece that fits well into an eclectic environment.

Jerry Fels passed away two years ago in November according to his son, sculptor Peter Fels. He was 90, and hit a hole in one the year he died. (Although Wikipedia lists his death as October 2008, several other sources in addition to his son site November 5, 2007.) Like the stories of Georges Briard and Catherine Holm, the full tale of C. Jere remains to be told. Artisan House, the company Fels and Freiler created in 1963 and sold in 1972,  still makes wall sculptures. In China, of course.

Gorgeous Georges

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

georges briard compoteEven if you’re not really trying, when you’re in the vintage business you learn things, if only to help spin a tale for a sale. Like the names of designers.  Russian glassware genius Georges Briard was one of the first I came to recognize after I picked up a set of his striped drinking glasses.

These were very pop, very modern, so I was surprised when I put his name to other designs closer in spirit to the compote shown here. At first I thought it was fussy and perhaps too period, but with its eclectic modern look it works well in my house. The base is a lowball glass turned upside down.

I don’t know whether Mr. Briard, nee Jascha Brojdo, pissed off somebody from The New York Times during his career, but they dissed him in the obituary department. Here’s an award-winning designer whose work was ubiquitous in the 50s and 60s, a man who created a signature style instantly recognizable even now, and they make his family pay for a crummy four-sentence obit?

The Cox’s Orange Pippins you see here are the ones I wrote about yesterday. They were grown at Threshold Farm in Columbia County New York,  a farm that has never been sprayed or treated with chemicals since it was founded in the 1700s.

Additional info on Mr. Brojdo and collecting Georges Briard can be found here. Scroll down to see the fabulous Coq D’or patterned tray.


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