Jean-Michel Frank - Design London Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Nelson Rockefeller, 810 Park Avenue, New York, thence by descent

  • Literature

    William S Liebermann, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection Masterpieces of Modern Art,
    London, 1981, illustrated front cover
    Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, illustrated on p. 45
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 2006, illustrated on p. 185,
    similar example on p. 234

  • 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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Important side table with drawer, designed for Nelson Rockefeller residence

Giltwood, marble.
68.5 cm (26 7/8 in) high, 44 cm (17 3/8 in) diameter
Produced by Chanaux & Co, France. Interior drawer unit impressed with ‘CHANAUX&CO MADE IN FRANCE J.M.FRANK 20361’ and the underside of the drawer is stamped with ‘MADE IN FRANCE’. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Jean-Michel Frank committee.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £97,250


26 April 2012