Jean-Michel Frank - Important Design London Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Kouka Denis, Paris
    Thence by descent to Jessica Azoulay, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: un décorateur dans le Paris des années 30, Paris, 2009, p. 28

  • 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 low tables

circa 1938
Painted wrought iron, painted wood, vellum-covered wood.
Each: 47.7 x 74.2 x 33 cm (18 3/4 x 29 1/4 x 12 7/8 in.)
Produced by Comte, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Underside of each impressed 6467. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £60,000

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Important Design

London Auction 26 April 2018