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

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Vallois, Paris
    Sotheby’s, New York, ‘20th-Century Works of Art’, 1 December 2001, lot 217

  • Literature

    Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, illustrated p. 182

  • 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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Five-panel screen

circa 1929
Parchment-covered wood, mahogany, fruitwood, brass.
Each panel: 107 x 25.7 cm (42 1/8 x 10 1/8 in)
Underside of two panels impressed with ‘J.M. FRANK’, underside of several panels with incised roman numerals. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.

£20,000 - 30,000 Ω

Sold for £74,500

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London 25 April 2013 2pm