Curtis Jeré Skyscraper Table Lamp
Materials: Stainless steel, black plastic on the bottom of the base. The lampshde is made of white plastic and aluminium rims. Bakelite socket.
Height: 66 cm / 25.98”
Width: 31 x 31 cm / 12.20 x 12.20”
Base: 10 x 10 cm / 3.93 x 3.93”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Curtis Jeré: Curtis Freiler and Jerry Fels.
Manufacturer: Artisan House Inc., Los Angeles, USA.
Curtis Jeré is a merge of names of artists Kurt (Curtis) Freiler (1910-2013) and Jerry Fels (1917-2007). The two founders of Artisan House Inc. combined pieces of their own names to create the C. Jeré signature.
Artisan House was founded in 1964. Kurt Freiler, a German immigrant and manufacturing expert met New York artist Jerry Fels in the 1940s. Kurt and Jerry sold Artisan House in 1972. The company still produces metal sculptures including reintroductions of popular mid-century designs.
This lamp is often wrongly attributed to French designers Michel Boyer, François Monnet, Joelle Ferlande and Maria Pergay from Uginox/Kappa. They all worked with stainless steel but the comparison stops there. Sometimes you find this lamp as a design by Gaetano Sciolari, Goffredo Reggiani or even Max Sauze, but Max Sauze only worked with aluminum.