Jean-Michel Frank - Design & Design Art New York Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Nelson Rockefeller Collection, New York; L’Arc en Seine, Paris

  • Literature

    L. D. Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, p. 160 for a similar example; Martin-Vivier and Pierre-Emmanuel, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 2006, p. 156

  • 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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Rare armchair

ca. 1935
Limed oak, fabric.
30 3/8 in. (77cm) high
Manufactured by Chanaux & Co., France.  Inside of one leg impressed “MADE IN FRANCE,” inside of another leg impressed "CHANAUX & Co.,” inside of another leg impressed “2035” and inside of another leg impressed “J.M. FRANK.”

$35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for $73,000

Design & Design Art

13 Dec 2007, 2pm
New York