A Designer's Interior by Jean-Michel Frank

On 04 January 2021, by Anne Doridou-Heim

Jean-Michel Frank, Adolphe Chanaux and Clément-Serveau were commissioned to create an elegant layout. The hallmark of a style.

Jean-Michel Frank (1893-1941), pair of club armchairs upholstered in beige imitation leather, tapered feet with protruding corners, 62.5 x 63.5 x 63 cm (approx. 24.6 x 25 x 24.8 in).
Result: €183,425

In 1912, the mother of French novelist Madeleine Chapsal, Marcelle Chaumont (1891-1990), entered the workshops of Madeleine Vionnet (1876-1975), who had recently opened her fashion house on Rue de Rivoli. She quickly became her top assistant, designing her most iconic models. When the company closed down in 1940, she opened her own, employing a very young Pierre Cardin as an apprentice. To furnish her Paris home in the Square Pétrarque, she called upon the leading designer of the time, Jean-Michel Frank (1893-1941), who produced this pair of imitation leather club armchairs typical of his sober and elegant style. They landed a fine bid of €183,425. An equally impressive half-moon console in patinated wood with tapered feet (74.5 x 131 x 39.5 cm/29.3 x 51.6 x 15.5 in), made in collaboration with Adolphe Chanaux (1887-1965), fetched €69,520. The interior was embellished with a charming large painting (155.5 x 94.5 cm/61.2 x 37.2 in) by Clément-Serveau (1886-1972). Especially executed for the fashion designer's drawing-room, The Three Graces garnered €31,600 along with a world record (source: Artnet).

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