My Highlights from The Salon: Art + Design
Property from a Private Collection, Argentina
Each: 18 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 15 in. (47 x 50.2 x 38.1 cm)
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. 198
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. 355 for a similar example
Private collection, Buenos Aires, acquired from Casa Comte, circa 1938
Thence by descent to 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.