Lot 144
  • 144

Paul T. Frankl

75,000 - 100,000 USD
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  • Paul T. Frankl
  • "Skyscraper" Vanity
  • with firm's "Skyscraper" tag
  • lacquered wood, chromium-plated metal, glass and mirrored glass
  • 71  1/2  x 71  1/8  x 17  3/4  in. (181.6 x 180.7 x 45 cm)
produced by Frankl Galleries, New York


Paul T. Frankl, Form and Re-Form:  A Practical Handbook of Modern Interiors, New York, 1930, p. 40

Catalogue Note


This “Skyscraper” Vanity is clearly evocative of the towering architecture of the Manhattan skyline in the 1930s.  The model was featured in Frankl’s Form and Re-Form published in 1930, which served as a style guide and treatise on Frankl’s vision of modern design.  In reference to his “Skyscraper” series, Frankl stated in the introduction of the book, “good forms are but few; and they are eternal… a contemporary style is maturing before our eyes.”  The present lot is a clear example of an eternal form, redolent with the dynamic spirit of 1930s New York City architecture through its rectilinear contours as well as its chromed horizontal accent lines that suggest the stacked structure of a skyscraper’s glass and iron construction.