Jean-Michel Frank - Design Masters New York Monday, December 12, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Switzerland; L’Arc en Seine, Paris, 2007

  • Literature

    Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, p. 245; Pierre Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 2006, p. 277; Pierre Bergé, et al., Jean-Michel Frank: Un décorateur dans le Paris des années 30, exh. cat., Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, 2010, p. 89

  • Artist Biography

    Jean-Michel Frank

    French • 1895 - 1941

    Working in Paris, New York and Argentina, Jean-Michel Frank designed subtle, exquisitely proportioned furniture and lighting for sophisticated interiors. His elite roster of patrons included the vicomte Charles de Noailles, the businessman and politician Nelson A. Rockefeller, the couturier Elsa Schiaparelli and the perfumer Guerlain, among many others. Against the backdrop of the interwar period, Frank designed calm, subdued interiors that offered refuge from the chaotic world. His furniture, which was often clad in vellum, bleached leather or shagreen, featured clean lines and served to complement the art collections of his clients, which included works by Picasso, Léger and Matisse.

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Table lamp

ca. 1927
Glass, bronze, paper.
18 in. (45.7 cm.) high, 14 in. (35.6 cm.) diameter including shade
Underside of base impressed with “MADE IN FRANCE” and with L’Arc en Seine gallery label.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Design Masters

13 December 2011
New York