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Painted and patinated iron, executed by Comté. ArgentinaEx-collection Lia Elena Elizalde de Pirovano.Published M.A. Teitelbaum, 'The Stylemakers' Philip Wilson Publishing, 2010 pages 206 and 237.The model also illustrated P-E Martin-Vivien, 'Jean-Michel Frank', editions Norma, 2006 pages 68 and 126With a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Jean-Michel Frank dated 11 September 2012
This model of gueridon is amongst the most iconic of all Jean-Michel Frank's designs. Created in around 1935 they are first documented in the private cinema of Baron Roland de l'Espée which Frank designed, at the suggestion of his friend Marie-Laure ( Vicomtesse) de Noailles, for his Paris home on Avenue Foch. They can also be seen in a contemporary photograph of Frank's boutique which opened that year on the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré (p.216 Jean-Michel Frank; The Strange and Subtle Luxury of the Parisian Haute-Monde in the Art Deco Period by P-E Martin-Vivier Rizzoli 2012).
Frank first reduced the Louis XVI style to it's very essence in iron furniture in 1925 for Nancy Cunard's Paris apartment and shortly after for the de Noailles family. The stark beauty of these pieces, with their tapering legs and graphic outlines bought together the avant garde minimalism of the 1920's with the rich history of late 18th century decorative arts and its classical precedents in antiquity.
Frank created several models on this similar theme, in differing materials such as bronze and brass, or with square tops or even secondary tiers, ( see p. 237 'The Stylemakers' by M A Teitelbaum, Philip Wilson Publishing, 2010) but this particular model remains the purest and most influential of them all.
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