My Highlights from The Salon: Art + Design
Proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit the Association St. Bernard of the Villa Noailles, Hyères, France
Each: 54.2 cm (21 3/8 in.) high, 30.4 cm (11 7/8 in.) diameter
Produced by Comte, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.
Sous un toit de Paris', Vogue, Paris, April 1937, p. 94 for the model
'Jean-Michel Frank', Vogue, UK, no. 5, March 1937, p. 92 for the model
Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, p. 244 for the model
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, pp. 152, 154, 261 for the model
Private collection, Argentina
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2004
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.