Jean-Michel Frank - Design London Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Art Works, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    'Un Beau Salone de Musique', Vogue, Paris, December 1933, p. 66
    'Sur la colline de Fabron', Vogue, Paris, June 1937, p. 77
    Roger Lannes, 'Exégèse poétique de Jean-Michel Frank', Art et Décoration, Paris, January 1939, pp. 6-7
    Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, pp. 108, 141, 161, 205, 211
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: l’étrange luxe du rien, Paris, 2006, pp. 159, 278

  • 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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'Pagoda' side table

circa 1927
Sanded oak, sanded oak-veneered plywood.
44.7 x 37.7 x 38 cm (17 5/8 x 14 7/8 x 14 7/8 in.)
Produced by Chanaux & Company, Paris, France. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.

£30,000 - 40,000 

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London Auction 20 September 2017