Paul Frankl Art Deco Furniture
Paul Frankl Art Deco Furniture is original furniture produced by the Austrian designer Paul Frankl.
Brief history and description
Paul Frankl was an Austrian furniture designer, who produced numerous works in the Art Deco style.
Born in 1886, he studied architecture at Berlin Polytechnic, but eventually turned his attentions to furniture design.
After moving to New York, he first started designing home and office furnishings in 1925, giving new geometric shapes to ordinary objects such as desks, cupboards and tables.
Frankl wrote several books expounding on his design methods and ideology, as well as lecturing extensively and opening a gallery in New York. His books include ‘Space for Living: Creative Interior Decoration and Design’, published in 1938.
Frankl died in March 1958, at the age of 71.
Guide for collectors
The works of Paul Frankl have been seen to auction for very high prices, though they have also sold for under $100. Prospective collectors are advised to seek out both mainstream and specialist auctioneers, and if choosing to search via internet auctioneers, to ensure the authenticity of a piece before purchasing.
Websites such as ArchiTonic include sections on the works of Paul Frankl, including an extensive gallery of high quality images which will aid collectors in correctly identifying the designers work, and details of past and future auctions at which they may find rare pieces and bargains they may otherwise have missed.
Frankl pieces frequently reach high prices at auction, though his benches and coffee tables have been seen to auction for prices as low as $30-100 as well as for prices well over $1,000.
The highest price paid for a Paul Frankl piece at auction is $230, 500, for a chromium-plated metal chair with original zebra hide, which auctioned from Sotheby’s New York on 14th June 2008.
The lowest price paid for a Paul Frankl piece is $35, for a mid-century dark beige coffee table, which auctioned from Super Auctions on 18th October 2009.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)
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