Jean-Michel Frank - Modern Masters London Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Switzerland
    Galerie L’Arc en Seine, Paris, 2007

  • Literature

    'Une décoration française à San Francisco. Chez M. Templeton Crocker', Art et Industrie, Paris, May 1929, p. 15
    Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, 1997, p. 245
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: I’éstrange luxe du rien, Paris, 2006, pp. 130, 277
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: un décorateur dans le Paris des années 30, Paris, 2009, p. 84

  • 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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Property of a Gentleman


Table lamp

circa 1927
Glass, bronze, paper shade.
43.5 cm (17 1/8 in.) high including shade
Underside of base impressed MADE IN FRANCE. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.

£30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for £100,900

Contact Specialist
Madalena Horta e Costa
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+44 20 7318 4019

Modern Masters

London Auction 27 April 2016