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  • Provenance

    Madariaga family, Buenos Aires
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: un décorateur dans le Paris des années 30, Paris, 2009, pp. 13, 91-92 for similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Argentinian retail and decorating firm, Comte, represented Jean-Michel Frank beginning in 1932. By 1936 Comte had entered into an exclusive agreement with Frank to produce his designs locally in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Comte was the sole authorized manufacturer in Argentina under the supervision of Jean-Michel Frank and created works similar in construction, size and material to those being made in France at the time. The present lot was made at the special request of the Madariaga family for a children’s room in their country house. It was modeled after a 1926 full-size settee and pair of armchairs by Jean-Michel Frank.


Rare children’s settee and pair of armchairs

circa 1938
Leather, painted iron.
Settee: 27 5/8 x 35 3/8 x 21 1/4 in. (70.2 x 90 x 54 cm)
Each armchair: 27 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 21 1/8 in. (70.2 x 40 x 53.5 cm)

Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.

$30,000 - 50,000 

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Design Day

New York Auction 13 December 2018