Decorative Antiques

Outstanding Circa 1929 Folding Screen by Well Known American Gilder Frederick Harer. Signed and Dated

A very stylish and in its original condition, circa 1929 American four fold, screen by well known gilder and frame maker Frederick Harer. Signed and Dated Harer 1929.
Period : 20th century
Nationality: American
Designer: Frederick Harer Signed and dated

 

Frederick Harer (November 15, 1879 – April 27, 1949) was an American painter, sculptor and etcher, best known for his skill as a gilder and frame maker. He produced frames for many of the Pennsylvania Impressionist painters, including Edward Redfield and Daniel Garber. Today, having a Harer frame on a Pennsylvania Impressionist painting adds significantly to its value.
Harer was born in Blossburg, Pennsylvania. The son of a successful cabinetmaker, Harer had worked for his father as a youth and inherited his tools upon his father’s death.
He studied at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1900–1903 and 1908–1910), where his teachers included Thomas Anschutz and William Merritt Chase.
 Harer’s work as a frame maker was influenced by his extensive travels, especially to Spain and the West Indies. Harer used extraordinarily creative techniques and methods to produce his frames. He designed the frame surface by punching patterns onto it with nails, and also by using stencils, incising, and matte. Finally, he gilded and burnished the surfaces.
He exhibited at the National Academy of Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He was a teacher and mentor to Ben Badura, and inspired the work of framers Francis A. Coll and Cullen Yeats.
He died on April 27, 1949, in Uhlerstown, Pennsylvania.
Harer’s wife, Natalie, was a commercial artist in New York before their marriage in 1941. She also painted and did ceramics. Harer made most of Daniel Garber’s frames. The painter and frame maker, Ben Badura, came to Uhlerstown in 1924 to work with Harer. He lived in the Harer home for a year. Harer was also associated with the New Hope modernist group known as the Independents, whose members included Peter Keenan, Robert Hogue, R. A.D. Miller, Charles Evans, Henry Baker, Ralston Crawford and C. F. Ramsey.
Exhibitions
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Annual Exhibits, 1911-1948
The New Group Exhibit, New Hope Gallery, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1930
Independents Exhibit, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1933
Phillips Mill Community Association Annual, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1933
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1940
National Academy of Design, New York, New York, 1942 to 1945, 1947
The Art of the Frame
, Eli Wilner & Co., New York, New York, 1988
Carved, Incised, Gilded and Burnished: The Bucks County Framemaking Tradition
, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2000-2001
An Evolving Legacy: Twenty Years of Collecting at the James A. Michener Art Museum
, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2009 – 2010
Major Collections
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reading Museum of Art, Reading, Pennsylvania
Awards
Prize, Baltimore Watercolor Club, 1921
Prize, National Academy of Design, for sculpture Chinese Gander, 1945

Price

£5,500

Reference number

16641

Origin

American 20th century

Measurements

Height: 221cm (87.0 inches)
205.5cm Wide (fully open) x 51cm Wide (each section)

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