About 10 years ago I came across this piece in an antique store....and with my love of all things metal....I had to have it.
At the time I didn't know anything about the artist.
I lost touch with the antique dealer that sold it to me for $35.00.
Several years later I ran into her and she told me she saw it on
The Antique Road Show and it was worth $3,000.00
All I felt was guilty....I wanted to give her more money...
I thought...I better check this out and so I started researching C.Jere', pronounced (see-zhair-AY)
It turns out that C.Jere' is not one artist but two...Jerry Fels and Kurt Freiler.
It is a creative compilation of their names.
Together, they launched Artisan House in 1964
You can see more C.Jere' sculptures Here
The pieces are made of welded brass, copper and other metals and then coated with luminous patinas.
Some pieces are abstract and some realistic, flowers, trees, sunbursts, star bursts, bridges, seascapes, leaves, birds, street scenes etc.
This piece incorporates many of those elements
I decorate the trees and fence at Christmas
with lights and tiny ornaments.
Turns out, that price was slightly inflated
Several of my family members decided they loved it too and so thanks to ebay,
my Aunt and my Son have one also....they were each able to get one for under $200.00.
Now that my daughter is making a home of her own, she wants one also, but they are up around $1,000.00
Well.....maybe I can get the family to chip in for their 1st anniversary.