‘When your nice letter arrived here I thought that the furniture would be ready to be sent ...’ it is with these words in black ink, written in English that Jean-Michel Frank addressed his client Mrs. Stanley Resor.
Helen Stanley Resor, director of advertising at the J. Walter Thompson company, which was chaired by her husband Stanley B. Resor, was a pioneer of advertising in the United States and worked with artists such as Norman Rockwell and Edward Steichen.
From the many exchanges she had with Jean Michel Frank from 1935 to 1937 and kept by the family, we learn that more than twenty objects are described in various documents. All that remains of this original collection are the eight lots that we are presenting here. In a letter addressed from Frank’s home address, at 7 rue de Verneuil, we learn that the collector reserved several pieces by Alberto Giacometti. Other letters shed light on the involvement of Jean-Michel Frank in designing the interior of his client’s house, Frank sending several samples of wood for doors, linen for the walls, hemp, fabrics for curtains, and yellow leather and recommending he availability of some pieces. He even sent a drawing ‘to show you how I thought the hangings would be placed - on the plain walls (…) I think it gives at night an impression of comfort.’ He also referred to the difficulty in the creation of our desk, with the leather covering desk redone twice by Hermès.Two period photographs allow us to see the original layout of the furniture in situ.
In our ensemble, we find the complete aesthetic vision of Jean-Michel Frank.
‘He was one of those precursors who changed existing forms and announced the future’ wrote Josette Devin, in L’Œil in 1963.