My Highlights from The Salon: Art + Design
Produced by Chanaux & Company, Paris, France. Underside impressed with CHANAUX & Co J.M. FRANK 10285. Together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.
Stephen Calloway, 'Perfectly Frank', House & Garden, March 1990, p. 185
Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1997, pp. 70-71, 131, 209
Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: l’étrange luxe du rien, Paris, 2006, pp. 94-95, 146, 198, 250, 339
Count of Jarnac, acquired directly from the designer
Thence by descent
Sotheby's, Paris, 'Design', 24 May 2016, lot 39
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.