Jean-Michel Frank - Design London Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Ondoli family collection, Mar del Plata

  • Literature

    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: I’éstrange luxe du rien, Paris, 2006, p. 82

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jean-Michel Frank designed the present model floor lamp in 1921 for the apartment of the Parisian writer Pierre Drieu La Rochelle. Later the model went into production by Comte in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • 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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Pair of standard lamps

designed 1921, executed circa 1940
Painted tubular iron, paper shade.
Each: 165 cm (64 7/8 in.) high, 45.4 cm (17 7/8 in.) diameter including shade
Produced by Comte, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.

£15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for £50,000

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London Auction 27 April 2017