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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Buenos Aires, acquired from Casa Comte, circa 1938
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Literature

    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: The Strange and Subtle Luxury of the Parisian Haute-Monde in the Art Deco Period, New York, 2012, p. 82

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jean-Michel Frank designed the present model floor lamp in 1921 for the apartment of the Parisian writer Pierre Drieu La Rochelle. The model later went into production by Comte in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • 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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Property from a Private Collection, Argentina

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Pair of floor lamps

circa 1938
Painted iron, fabric shades.
Each: 65 1/4 in. (165.7 cm) high, 17 1/2 in. (44.5 cm) diameter including shade
Produced by Comte, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $43,750

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Design

New York Auction 6 June 2018