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Jean-Michel Frank

Table Lamp

Property of a Distinguished Family Collection, New York and Palm Beach

Jean-Michel Frank

Jean-Michel Frank

Table Lamp

Table Lamp

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Property of a Distinguished Family Collection, New York and Palm Beach

Jean-Michel Frank

Table Lamp


circa 1925

executed by Chanaux & Pelletier, Paris

rose quartz, original leather, silk shade

impressed J.M. FRANK/MADE IN FRANCE, numbered 4022 and with the producer’s mark

9⅝ in. (24.4 cm) high, excluding fittings

14 in. (35.6 cm) diameter of shads

Overall in very good condition. The lamp presents with a highly dynamic and textured surface. The rose quartz presents with light soiling and calcification, concentrated to the recessed areas and consistent with age and the natural evolution of the medium. The lamp retains its original protective leather underside, which presents with wear throughout and minimal abrasions to the outer edges. This lot is offered together with a later silk shade in excellent condition. Please note that this lamp has been wired to American standards. Sotheby's does not guarantee electrical components and suggests having all wiring inspected by a professional electrician.


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.

Private Collection, New York

Thence by descent to the present owner

Léopold Diego Sanchez, Jean-Michel Frank, Paris, 1980, pp. 72, 90, 121-22, 178, 181 and 201 (for period photographs of related examples)
Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: The Strange and Subtle Luxury of the Parisian Haute-Monde in the Art Deco Period, New York, 2008, pp. 78, 129, 160, 225, 268, 273 and 301 (for period photographs of related examples)
Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean-Michel Frank: Un Décorateur dans le Paris des Années 30, Paris, 2009, pp. 13, 53 (for period photographs of related examples) and 83 (for a related example)

This lot is offered together with a certificate from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank.


French designer Jean-Michel Frank was a master of materials. Whether working with mica, parchment, straw or shagreen, he understood how best to showcase the natural qualities of his selected medium and create pieces that were at once minimalist and sumptuous. The present lot is no exception. Particularly rare for its use of rose quartz, this table lamp demonstrates how material determined the form of Frank’s designs. The rough-hewn gemstone makes an alluring base with its exquisitely textured surface and pink hue. These characteristics are further amplified once illuminated, as each dynamic ridge catches the light and emanates a warm glow. Frank featured similar quartz table lamps in several of his most famous interiors including his partner Adolphe Chanaux’s apartment. In this and every setting, it stands out as a chic and timeless design.