Jean-Michel Frank - Important Design London Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Buenos Aires, acquired from Casa Comte, circa 1938
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Literature

    Roger Lannes, ‘Exégèse poétique’, Art et Décoration, no. 1, January 1939, pp. 10, 12-13
    Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, pp. 69, 146-47, 167, 208
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: l’étrange luxe du rien, Paris, 2006, pp. 28, 68, 131, 149, 161-63, 216

  • 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 from a Private Collection, Argentina


Pair of guéridons

circa 1938
Painted iron.
Each: 68.9 cm (27 1/8 in.) high, 40.6 cm (15 7/8 in.) diameter
Produced by Comte, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.

£15,000 - 20,000 Ω

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Important Design

London Auction 18 October 2018