Jean Michel Frank Furniture
Jean Michel Frank Furniture is original vintage furniture created by the French designer Jean Michel Frank.
Brief history and description
Jean Michel Frank was one of the most well-known French furniture designers during the 1930s and 1940s, and his furniture items tended to feature a signature minimalist and understated design. His work has often been coined in France as "le style Frank" and has been copied by many admirers not only in France, but around the world as well.
Jean Michel Frank is also the once removed first cousin of Anne Frank.
Guide for collectors
Jean Michel Frank armchairs that are made of painted iron and leather are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors. His most notable furniture designs which are also considered to be valuable, (but not necessarily the most rare), include his modern Parsons table and his rectangular club sofas and chairs.
Restoration of a Jean Michel Frank furniture item is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a Jean Michel Frank furniture item may decrease its value.
For more information regarding Jean Michel Frank furniture items, visit Architectural Digest, Design Within Reach's official website, or Jean Michel Frank's official website.
Phillips de Pury & Company in New York sold a pair of Jean Michel Frank armchairs (circa 1939) which were made out of painted iron and leather for $95,000 in December of 2010.
Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a pair of labelled Jean Michel Frank Stendig leather sofas with loose cushions and turned chrome feet for $5,000 in February of 2008.
Sotheby's in London sold a Jean Michel rank marqueterie-de-paille side cabinet (circa 1930; 143 cm x 80 cm x 28 cm) for £24,000 in October of 2004.
Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a pair of Jean Michel Frank bleached oak benches for $500 in February of 2009, and another pair of Jean Michel Frank bleached oak benches for $800 in September of 2009.
Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania also sold a pair of Jean Michel Frank leather walnut benches (circa 1940) for $2,200 in September of 2009.