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William Gerard Pewter Treasures Christmas Elf with Bell Umbrella Antlers

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This listing is for William Gerard Pewter Treasures Christmas Elf with Bell Umbrella Antlers.
Signed or copyrighted # 6 of 86 or co 6/86
William J. Gerard (1930-1995) was an American artist, sculptor, and craftsman who worked in plaster, stained glass, pewter, and wood. Most widely known for metal sculptures sold primarily at art shows under the name of Pewter Treasures from 1978 to 1995.
Born on West 44th Street in Manhattan in 1930, Gerard grew up in Astoria, Queens, and attended Bryant High School. He received his bachelors degree in 1952 from Iona College while working as a hotel night clerk. Pursuing a career in sales in the 1960s, he was a frequent visitor to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Inspired by Arp, Gaudi, and Brancusi as well as the natural world Gerard began designing modernistic plaster forms inlaid with stained glass intended for wall or window hanging. These one-of-a-kind pieces were created by pouring plaster of Paris, and later Hydrostone, into a soft clay mold in his Jackson Heights studio.
The clean, sweeping style evident in the plaster sculptures would translate in the late 1960s and early 1970s into free-standing leaded stained glass figures, combining Old World materials with graceful, minimalist designs, often representing birds. Gerard sold these figures, which stand between four and ten inches in height, at art shows (and initially flea markets) and gift shops throughout the northeastern United States under the banner of Contemporary Innovations.
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