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Pair of Disk Table Lamps in Glass and Oak by Jean-Michel Frank

Origin Argentina
Period 1920-1949
Materials glass, oak,. bronze
Dimensions
W. 10 in; H. 11.5 in; H.2. 21 in;
W. 25.4 cm; H. 29.21 cm; H.2. 53.34 cm;
Condition Excellent. Excellent, light restoration to wood bases, rewired
Creation Date 1937-early 1940s
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description Pair of "Disk" table lamps by Jean-Michel Frank (1895-1941), in glass with limed oak base and bronze mount, Comte, 1937-early 1940s.

Jean-Michel Frank (1895-1941) was one of the most influential and original designers of the 20th century. Beginning in the 1920s, he developed a following among the Parisian cognoscenti for his elegantly understated furnishings and interiors. Typical of his designs was a radical simplification of form, rendered in texturally rich materials such as limed oak, parchment, straw marquetry, iron and leather.
In 1930, Frank entered into a partnership with Adolph Chanaux, who had already been executing his furniture designs. He acted as creative director for Chanaux & Company, and in 1935 the two would open a boutique under Frank’s name on rue Faubourg-Saint-Honoré dedicated to his designs and those of his artist and architect collaborators, such as Christian Bérard and Emilio Terry.

Frank soon developed an international following, thanks in part to influential tastemakers such as Syrie Maughm in England and Francis Elkins in the United States that helped to nurture local interest in his designs. In Argentina, Ignacio Pirovano, interior designer and curator at the National Museum of Decorative Arts, proved to be an effective champion of Frank’s work.

Pirovano co-founded the firm Comte in 1932 to provide fine interior decor for the local market and began importing Frank models from Paris for placement in design projects as well as for retail sale. In 1936, Comte entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Frank to produce his designs locally, and by 1937 the firm had set up a workshop to execute these models, as well as a broader offering of period and contemporary designs.

Frank completed a string of private projects in Argentina starting in the late 1930s, including the vast interiors for the home of Jorge Born and Maria Frías Ayerza Born (completed 1940) and the public spaces of the Llao Llao Hotel in Patagonia (1938). With the onset of the second world war, Frank immigrated to Argentina and briefly became creative director for Comte, appointing a number interiors for local society figures.

BAC,Jean-Michel Frank in Argentina, New York, 2010, pg. 57 (palm wood), Teitelbaum, The Stylemakers. London, 2010, pg. 243 (parchment), Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank, New York, 2008, pgs. 87, 131, 167, 383 (bronze) pg. 85 (disk as decorative object) Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank: Adolphe Chanaux, Paris, 1997, pg. 245 (bronze)
Styles / Movements Art Deco, Mid Century, Modern
Book References BAC, Jean-Michel Frank in Argentina, 2010, pg. 57, Teitelbaum, The Stylemakers. 2010, pg. 243, Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank, 2008, pgs. 87, 131, 167, 383 pg. 85 ( decorative object) Sanchez, Frank: Chanaux, 1997, pg. 245
Incollect Reference Number 229018
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