JEAN-MICHEL FRANK (1895-1941)
"Guerlain" cabinet , 1939
Varnished brushed oak cabinet with a front decorated with gold filets crossbars, opening through two doors onto a mirrored interior with two removable glass shelves and two drawers. The presentation shelf is veneered with mirrors in the lower part. The legs are made of sheathing and spacer of square section. The sockets, rings and shoes in gilt bronze.
Trace of number "15274".
Certified by the Jean-Michel Frank committee.H 164 - L 82 - P 30 cm (H 64.6 - W 32.3 - D 11.8 in)
OriginGuerlain Beauty Institute, 68 avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris, entirely decorated by Jean-Michel Frank, Alberto and Diego Giacometti and Christian Bérard, in 1939.
HistoryIn 1935, Jean-Pierre Guerlain, one of the directors of the famous perfumery, commissioned Jean-Michel Frank to decorate his apartment on the Avenue Hoche in Paris. Following this achievement, Jean-Michel Frank took charge of the decoration of the Guerlain store on the Avenue des Champs Elysées at the end of the 1930s, surrounding himself with great decorators such as the upholsterer Christian Bérard.
This cabinet is one of the pieces made to furnish the store and was probably to be used as a blush cabinet. The model of lattice doors had already been used by Jean-Michel Frank to decorate a sideboard designed in 1935 for the Parisian apartment of Mrs. Alfred Lubelski.