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Jean-Michel Frank

A Rare Desk

Restricted Species

Estimate:

120,000

to
- 180,000 USD

Property from an Important Pennsylvania Collection

Jean-Michel Frank

Jean-Michel Frank

A Rare Desk

A Rare Desk

Estimate:

120,000

to
- 180,000 USD

Property from an Important Pennsylvania Collection

Jean-Michel Frank

A Rare Desk


circa 1930

executed by Chanaux & Pelletier, Paris

rosewood, vellum

numbered 5133 and stamped CP within a circle

29 7/8 x 70 5/8 x 37 3/4 in. (75.5 x 179.3 x 95.8 cm)

Overall in very good condition. This important and rare design by Jean-Michel Frank was executed at the height of his career and held in the collection of Dr. François Debat. The exquisite combination of rosewood and parchment is further enhanced by the smooth and modernist form of the piece. The rosewood surfaces have been sensitively reconditioned to restore the rich original appearance of the wood. The wooden surfaces present with light surface scratches, scattered and very minimal paint marks, small occasional abrasions and minute indentations concentrated to the edges and corners of the piece. One back corner of the desktop presents with a triangular area of sensitive restoration to the wood veneer measuring approximately 2 x 1 1/2 inches and not visually distracting. The wooden surfaces present with localized areas of minute restorations and sensitive inpainting which are not visible unless closely inspected. 

The parchment surfaces appear to have been sensitively replaced at some point in the history of the piece, in a manner that is consistent with the original surface. The parchment presents with age-appropriate wear throughout, scattered and slightly darker age spots, light surface scratches, small and stable tears and light occasional wrinkling to the surface, all consistent with age and gentle use. The areas separating the parchment panels with evidence of old, cream-colored infilling, some of which is partially missing, which is not visually distracting. 

The desk includes six drawers on either side as well as a central drawer, all in functional condition.

An incredible piece by the master of Art Deco minimalism with great sculptural presence and in well-maintained, functional condition.


 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.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Collection of Dr. François Debat, Saint-Cloud, France
Galerie Anne-Sophie Duval, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1980, p. 100 (for the present lot illustrated in the residence of Dr. François Debat, Saint-Cloud, France)