Jean-Michel Frank - Design London Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private collection, Paris, circa 1935
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Literature

    Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, p. 215
    François Baudot, Jean-Michel Frank, New York, 1999, pp. 25, 76
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: The Strange and Subtle Luxury of the Parisian Haute-Monde in the Art Deco Period, New York, 2006, pp. 175, 261

  • 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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Pair of stools

circa 1935
Sanded oak, fabric.
Each: 46 x 50 x 40 cm (18 1/8 x 19 5/8 x 15 3/4 in.)
Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £47,500

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London Auction 21 September 2016