Jean-Michel Frank - Design New York Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Jean-Pierre Guerlain, Paris, circa 1935
    Jacques Grange, Paris, circa 1996
    Private collection, acquired from the above, 1998
    Phillips, New York, "Design Evening Sale," December 13, 2016, lot 433
    Acquired from the above

  • Literature

    Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Adolphe Chanaux, Paris, 1997, illustrated pp. 140-41
    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, illustrated pp. 165-66

  • 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 side chairs

circa 1935
Oak, leather upholstery.
Each: 39 1/2 x 20 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (100.3 x 52.1 x 64.8 cm)
Produced by Chanaux & Company, Paris, France. Underside of each impressed CHANAUX & Co J.M. FRANK 15538. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.

$20,000 - 30,000 

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New York Auction 9 December 2020