Jean-Michel Frank - Design London Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Jorge Tomas Salas, Buenos Aires
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, p. 221
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: I’étrange luxe du rien, Paris, 2006, p. 314 for a similar example
    Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 2017, p. 96 for a similar example

  • 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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Console table

circa 1932
Painted iron, leather.
80.7 x 88.9 x 29 cm (31 3/4 x 35 x 11 3/8 in.)
Produced by Comte, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £69,300

Contact Specialist

Antonia King
Head of Sale, Design


London Auction 9 November 2021