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  • Provenance

    Alexandre Biaggi, Paris

  • Literature

    Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, p. 247 for a similar example

  • 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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COLLECTION OF A GENTLEMAN

Σ67

Lidded box

ca. 1930
Shagreen, wood, brass.
2 1/4 × 4 3/4 × 3 1/2 in. (5.7 × 12.1 × 8.9 cm.)
Interior of lid impressed with “9083.”

Estimate
$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $35,000

Design Masters

13 December 2011
New York