My Highlights from The Salon: Art + Design
Each: 23 3/8 in. (59.4 cm) high, 13 7/8 in. (35.2 cm) diameter including shade
Produced by Comte, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Signature: Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.
Mo Teitelbaum, The Stylemakers: Minimalism and Classic Modernism 1915-1945, London, 2010, pp. 212, 243
Thence by descent to Gustavo Huici
Leclere, Marseille, "Villa Noailles, Art Nouveau et Art Déco," November 5, 2014, lot 82
Acquired from the above by the present owner
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.