Friday, June 7, 2013

Thrift Store WIN: Curtis Jere Raindrops Wall Sculpture

Curtis Jere raindrops wall sculpture, as seen on Freshome
I don't post very often about thrift store finds. Most of my thrifting posts would sound like this: "I bought a white plate because I broke a white plate last week. Here is the white plate I bought. How thrilling." It's not that I don't thrift; it's that I rarely buy anything very exciting. My mother, on the other hand, is the queen of exciting thrifting. She's always finding Waterford crystal and high-end furniture. But yesterday's find is her crown jewel!

Yesterday I received an unexpected call from my mother. "Jen? You know those Curtis Jere wall sculptures you like? I think I just found one at a thrift store. It has the C. Jere signature on it. But I don't love it, and it's $59. I don't want to buy it unless it's something really special." I congratulated her, but cautiously. I didn't want to get my hopes up. "I can tell you what it is. Send me a picture?" 

Curtis Jere, or C. Jere, is the name signed to the metal wall sculptures made by Artisan House. Their iconic work in the 60s and 70s is now very collectible, and you often see it on Mad Men and in movies.  I'm just a little obsessed with the older C. Jere sculptures, but I like certain pieces much better than others. "Raindrops" is probably their most iconic and desirable work. Raindrops was reissued by Jonathan Adler in 2007, and these reproductions sell for $1,800.
My phone beeped, and I saw a photo of the C. Jere signature on a shiny silver disc. Could it be? I called to Keith, "Guess what! Mom found a Curtis Jere sculpture. I just saw a picture of the signature. She's sending me another picture of it... wait, hold on... OH MY GOD IT'S RAINDROPS!!! HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!!! Keith, I think Raindrops sells on eBay for, like, thousands of dollars!"

Keith popped his head in the room. He was holding his phone, and he said, "Actually, it's priced between $4,000 and $7,500, depending on the size and condition. How big is it?" Ha. Keith, you're a know it all. I don't like to get too hung up on the prices I see online. Just because someone online is asking that price, it doesn't mean anyone will actually pay it. But this is an incredible find. Mama done good, y'all. Mama done REAL good.


After work I went to her house to admire it. I've never seen a Raindrops sculpture in person until now, and it's gorgeous. It catches the light from all angles, and photos don't do it justice. Also, it's HUGE. Just look! Okay, I'm only 5'4, so maybe it's not that big. But it fills the space over a sofa perfectly. Congratulations on the find of a lifetime, Mom! And hey, if you're reading this, I heard that you and Dad don't actually like the way it looks. If that's the case, I'll be glad to, um, store it for you. On my living room wall. My own Jere is lonely; I think it needs a friend. *grin*

10 comments:

  1. What an amazing find!! Tell your mom that if she gets sick of it, she can always sell it to me... I will pay her sixty, yes, SIXTY American dollars for that fine piece of art :P

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    1. Hahahaha, I love it! You've officially beaten Keith's bid: He only offered $59.01. :D

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  2. Amazing!!! I felt that way recently at goodwill when I was looking through the purses and found several designer purses in immaculate shape. My sister and I sat there on our phones looking through eBay and realized most of these $5 bags were worth $100+ retail. So exhilarating . I can imagine that's how you felt x 10!

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  3. Dude, where does your mom GO?! My mom is pretty magnificant at the thrifting, but has never managed ANYTHING like this! Fantastic find!

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    1. Darn it, I knew someone would ask! Mom FORBIDS me to reveal her favorite thrift shop. :(

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  4. Impressive! You and your mom have the touch with finding some great pieces. It looks gorgeous in your photos.

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  5. Aw nice!!! I found a C. Jere sunburst birds in flight wall sculpture at a local thrift for a scandalous price. Not nearly as valuable as the one you scored though but still cool. Lucky girl! ;)

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  6. Holy cow that is a find! (You could always hint that it would be an awesome wedding present)

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  7. I recently picked up a Curtis jere raindrops at a similar price, the piece is signed and dated 1964. I believe this to be one of the oldest pieces they made. Still can't come up with a value of the piece, it is in great condition. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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    1. I wish I could help! I'm not a Curtis Jere expert, just a fan. Values online vary widely, and since my parents decided to keep it, not sell it, we haven't been trying to assign a value to ours.

      1964, wow... that IS early!

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