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  • Provenance

    Galerie Vallois, Paris, 2001

  • Literature

    'A Twentieth-Century Apartment', Vogue, August 3,1929, p. 33 for a similar example
    'Une décoration française à San Francisco. Chez M. Templeton Crocker', Art et Industrie, Paris, May 1930, p. 15 for a similar example
    Patricia Bayer, Art Deco Interiors: Decoration and Design Classics of the 1920s and 1930s, London, 1990, p. 94
    Leopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, pp. 76–77, 130
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 2006, p. 130 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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Side chair

circa 1929
Straw marquetry-veneered wood, fabric.
27 x 17 3/8 x 20 1/4 in (68.7 x 44 x 51.5 cm)
Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $52,500

Design Masters

11 December 2012
New York