1895 - 1941
Executed by Chanaux & Pelletier, Paris
Impressed JMF/CP and numbered 3767
11¾ x 11¾ x 11¾ in.; 29.8 x 29.8 x 29.8 cm
Overall in very good condition. This lot is offered en suite with lot 9, the Jean-Michel Frank desk, providing collectors with a rare opportunity to acquire a stunning ensemble from the Château de la Croë. This wastepaper basket is fully covered in vellum and rests atop four short and discrete metallic feet protecting the vellum from direct contact with the floor. The vellum displays a highly nuanced cream color palette with beautiful, subtle variation in tonality. The vellum has been very well-preserved and displays with some expected scattered, minor surface scratches, abrasions, areas of very minor crackling and surface undulation, and some occasional shallow dents and irregularities consistent with age and gentle use. The vellum with scattered discolorations and staining concentrated to the interior, consistent with use. The corners and edges with occasional minor indentations and superficial losses to the vellum surface consistent with use and not visually distracting. An elegant and functional piece with outstanding historic provenance.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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Château de la Croë, Antibes, France
Likely sold by Maître J. J. Terris, auctioneer, and Maître Logut, notary, Important mobilier et objets d'art provenant du Château de la Croë, April 18, 1955
Private Collection, Nice
Madame Kruydt, Antiquaire, La Baule, France
Private Collection, 1973
Christie's Paris, May 16, 2007, lot 259
Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 2006, p. 325 (for the model in leather)
This lot is offered together with a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.