Jean-Michel Frank, ‘Desk’, ca. 1938, Phillips

Property from a Private Collection, Argentina

Produced by Comte, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Signature: Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.

Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, p. 86
Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: The Strange and Subtle Luxury of the Parisian Haute-Monde in the Art Deco Period, New York, 2006, p. 23 for a similar example

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

About Jean-Michel Frank

French interior designer Jean-Michel Frank championed minimal interiors through the mixing of styles and cultures. According to Frank, “the noble frames that came to us from the past can receive today’s creations.” The severity of modern design was lessened by Frank’s all-encompassing approach that gladly mixed styles, cultures, and materials to create multi-dimensional surfaces and compositions. Frank’s playful combination of spare and rectilinear details, inspired by the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, and sumptuous materials such as shagreen, mica, and straw marquetry helped soften the oftentimes austere interiors pioneered during the period in France and abroad.

French, 1895-1941

Fair History on Artsy

2015
Gallery BAC at Collective Design
2015
Galerie Marcilhac at Brussels Antiques and Fine Art Fair 2015
2014
Galerie Marcilhac at Biennale des Antiquaires 2014