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Jean-Michel Frank, Christian Bérard et Margarita Classen-Smith
BOX, CIRCA 1935
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Jean-Michel Frank, Christian Bérard et Margarita Classen-Smith
BOX, CIRCA 1935
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Details & Cataloguing

Jacques Grange | Collectionneur

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Paris

Jean-Michel Frank, Christian Bérard et Margarita Classen-Smith
BOX, CIRCA 1935
box in leather, ivory, sycamore maple and glass
5,5 x 26,8 x 13,2 cm ; 2 1/8 x 10 5/8 x 5 3/8 in.
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This lot is sold with a certificate from the Jean-Michel Frank Committee.

Provenance

Galerie Eric Philippe, Paris
Collection Jacques Grange, Paris

Literature

Boris Kochno, Christian Bérard, Paris, 1987, p. 237 for Christian Bérard watercolour
Pierre-Emmanuel Martin Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank, l'étrange luxe du rien, Paris, 2006, p. 214 for a screen with the same motif
Jean-Michel Frank, Un décorateur dans le Paris des années 30, exhibition catalogue, Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, October 2, 2009 - January 3, 2010, reproduced p. 128

Catalogue Note

Margarita Classen-Smith, of Norwegian descent, moved to France in the twenties and opened her embroidery on leather workshop in Vanves in 1923. She worked for famous fashion houses and under her own name for decorators and individuals.
In 1935, she began a collaboration with Jean-Michel Frank and Christian Bérard which lasted until Jean-Michel Frank passed away. She was responsible for accurately transcribing works that the painter created for Jean-Michel Frank onto fabric and leather.
Our box was made from a watercolour by Christian Bérard called "Les Bijoux".
This drawing can be found on another box, almost identical to ours, sold by Sotheby's Paris on November 24, 1015 (lot 53) as well as on a sycamore fireguard.

Jacques Grange | Collectionneur

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Paris