Jean-Michel Frank - Design London Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Purchased directly from the artist by Lucia Davidova, 1937
    Delorenzo Gallery, New York
    Private collection, New York

  • Literature

    Lopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, pp. 128-29 for similar examples
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank : l’éstrange luxe du rien, Paris, 2006, pp. 39 for the form in parchment, pp. 224, 385 for the form in wood veneers

  • 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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Table with drawer

circa 1937
Parchment-covered wood.
42.9 x 34.6 x 34.6 cm (16 7/8 x 13 5/8 x 13 5/8 in)
Manufactured by Chanaux Pelletier, France. Underside impressed with ‘MADE IN FRANCE/9702’ and with manufacturer’s monogram. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.

£20,000 - 30,000 Ω

Sold for £40,000

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London 25 April 2013 2pm