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Paul Frankl Furniture

Paul T. Frankl (USA, 1886–1958)
Born in Vienna, Paul Frankl came to the United States in 1914 as part of a wave of Central European design luminaries — among them Kem Weber, Rudolph Schindler, and Richard Neutra — who were drawn by the energy and optimism of the American scene. Prolific and protean, Frankl would go on to design furnishings that are emblematic of nearly every key stylistic chord in American modernism, from the streamlined Art Deco to free-form organic shapes.

     His “Skyscraper” cabinets, introduced in 1924, are Frankl’s earliest and best-known designs (and the work by which he is most often represented in institutions, such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art). Tall and narrow, the pieces have staggered shelves meant to mimic the setbacks of Manhattan office towers. A later visually expressive line — the “Speed” chairs and sofas, which have a raked profile suggesting motion — links Frankl to Donald Deskey, Raymond Loewy and other creators of “Streamlined Moderne” design.

     Frankl moved to Los Angeles in 1934 and luxuriated in the climate and lifestyle. His designs became lighter and simpler and found an audience among the Hollywood élite. (Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Fred Astaire were clients.) Fascinated by Asian arts, Frankl produced numerous pieces — tabletops with edges that curve upward; sofas and chairs with rattan frames — inspired by Chinese and Japanese forms and materials. In the 1940s, Frankl became one of the first designers to incorporate free-form, biomorphic shapes in his work, as well as novel upholstery fabrics such as denim and nubby wool.

     Frankl biographer Christopher Long argues that the designer’s easy, elegant aesthetic had an enormous influence on movie set design. As the furniture below attests, Paul Frankl’s work is ready for its close-up.

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Tufted Leather Bench by Paul Frankl
Architectural Anarchy
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Tufted Leather Bench by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Brass, Leather, Wood
Tufted Leather Bench by Paul Frankl. New leather upholstery.
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Pair of Checkerboard Step Tables by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco End Tables
Maple
The fresh perspective of Paul Frankl has been felt from the early designs of his skyscraper line to the mass produced pieces he designed for Brown and Saltman and Johnson Furniture Co. ...
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Lacquered Cork and Mahogany Bench or Coffee Table ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Mahogany
This coffee table feature the large Spanish cork top and mahogany legs. The table has been refinished and restored. It is a excellent example of Paul Frankl's range and depth of desig...
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Paul Frankl Dresser
Stellar Union
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Paul Frankl Dresser
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Wood
A blonde wood dresser with clear lucite pulls and brass hardware by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman (labelled verso). complementary delivery within 30 miles.
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Paul Frankl Lattice Full Bed Frame
Soho Treasures
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Paul Frankl Lattice Full Bed Frame
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Beds
Nice mid-century modern full bed by Paul Frankl.
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Paul Frankl Mid-Century Modern High Chest Dresser
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Very nice mid-century modern high chest dresser by Paul Frankl
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Pair of Mid-Century Modern Night Stands by Paul Fr...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Pair of mid-century modern nightstands by Paul Frankl
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Paul Frankl Split-Back Lounge Chairs
CONVERSO
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Paul Frankl Split-Back Lounge Chairs
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Rare version, Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. full swivel lounges, features; split-back V joined by handle detail (image 6). Reupholstered with cotton velvet, vanilla ice cream tone. O...
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Paul Frankl for Widdicomb Wood and Nickel Silver E...
John Widdicomb, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Nickel, Wood
This handsome and warm restored beautiful grain wood dresser is by Paul Frankl for Widdicomb. The hardware is all original but restored to nickel silver. The variants of the grains of t...
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Pair of Tall Paul Frankl Tall Gentleman's Chests
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Mahogany, Nickel
Handsome pair of Frankl seven-drawer chests with nickel plated X-pulls.
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Paul Frankl Cork Games Table
Rumba
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Paul Frankl Cork Games Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s Game Tables
This freeform Paul Frankl cork-topped games table was made for the Johnson Furniture company in the 1940s. The cork table top is maize-colored, while the tapered legs are a very dark wa...
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Tall Dresser by Paul Frankl
Metropolis Modern
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Tall Dresser by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Mahogany
Tall chest of drawers or dresser by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, USA, circa 1940. Signed. Mahogany refinished in a walnut satin with light brass X hardware. Features seven drawers...
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Paul Frankl, Cork Coffee Table
Almond Hartzog Gallery
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Paul Frankl, Cork Coffee Table
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork
A round, cork top coffee table by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture. Features four contrasting, frame-shaped legs. Model #5021.
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Rare Cork and Mahogany Desk by Paul Frankl
Sputnik Modern
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Rare Cork and Mahogany Desk by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s Desks
This rare desk is in two pieces and was designed to allow you to slide the top from one side to the other. This also allows you to configure a right or left handed desk. Designed by Pau...
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Lacquered Cork and Mahogany Bench/Coffee Table by ...
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Benches
Cork, Mahogany
Mid Century classic bench or coffee table with a matte cream lacquered cork top on dark coffee brown stained Mahogany splayed bases. A timeless modernist piece designed by Paul Frankl.
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Paul Frankl Coffee Table
The Exchange Int
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Paul Frankl Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Paul Frankl. Coffee table. Johnson Furniture Company, USA, circa 1951. Lacquered cork, lacquered mahogany. Dimensions: 60 D x 14.25 H inches. Rare lacquered cork coffee table by Paul...
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Large Modern Chest by Paul Frankl
ABC Modern
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Large Modern Chest by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Mahogany
Large Scale Modern Chest or Dresser, designed by Paul Frankl for The Johnson Furniture Company, American, circa 1950's. This chest is currently being refinished. It can be finished in y...
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Important Paul Frankl Lounge Chair
Galerie XX
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Important Paul Frankl Lounge Chair
Paul Frankl
20th Century Lounge Chairs
Important Paul Frankl lounge chair. A museum quality example. Fully documented. All original.
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Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Cabinet
The Hudson Mercantile
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Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Cabinet
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Sideboards
Two part sideboard by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. Mahogany cases in a dark mahogany finish with reddish under tones. Retains original cream color lacquered cork top and surrou...
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Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Mid-Century Dining C...
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Mahogany, Muslin
Six dining chairs designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Blonde mahogany frame with combed fir back rest. Seats upholstered in muslin. Dining table available upon request.
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Chest by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
ABC Modern
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Chest by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
Glamorous Chest, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950's. It is a versatile size and can be used as a chest or dresser in a bedroom or as storage in a living area. T...
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Pair of Paul Frankl Night Stands
ABC Modern
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Pair of Paul Frankl Night Stands
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands
Brass, Wood
Pair of Glamorous Nightstands or End Tables, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950's. They are a versatile size and can be used as night stands or as end or side tab...
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Tall Chest of Drawers by Paul Frankl
ABC Modern
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Tall Chest of Drawers by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
Tall Chest of Drawers or Semanier, designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, circa 1950's. This chest is currently being refinished. It can be finished in your choice of color. The...
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Dining Chairs, Set of Eight by Paul Frankl for Joh...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Literature: Paul T. Frankl and Modern American Design, Long, pg. 159 Upholstery and foam has been recently updated. Fabric was applied to act as an underlying fabric for future upholst...
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Paul Frankl Dresser
Home Anthology, Inc.
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Paul Frankl Dresser
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Dressers
Maple, Metal
This ten-drawer dresser by American designer Paul Frankl for John Stuart was manufactured in the 1950s. It is made of maple and has Frankl's trademark X pulls.
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Paul Frankl Coffee Table or Bench
Adam Edelsberg
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Paul Frankl Coffee Table or Bench
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Paul Frankl designed coffee table or bench for Johnson Furniture Company, circa 1940s. Sculpted solid mahogany Greek key motif base with a floating lacquered cork top.
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Paul Frankl Cork Top End Tables
Adam Edelsberg
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Paul Frankl Cork Top End Tables
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Pair of Frankl side tables with cork tops manufactured by Johnson Furniture. Restored condition.
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Paul Frankl Bench Coffee Table
CONVERSO
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Paul Frankl Bench Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Mahogany
Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company, long bench or coffee table.
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Paul Frankl Maple and Ebonized Wood Mirror for Joh...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Wall Mirrors
Maple, Wood
This mirror, designed by American designer Paul Frankl, is made of maple with an ebonized inner frame.
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Paul Frankl Maple King Headboard
Home Anthology, Inc.
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Paul Frankl Maple King Headboard
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Beds
Maple
This headboard, designed by American designer Paul Frankl, is made of maple in Frankl's signature zig-zag pattern.
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Rare Station Wagon High Dresser by Paul Frankl, No...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Dressers
Rare high chest of drawers, in the Station Wagon series, mahogany case and drawer fronts with birch detail and legs. Leather and brass drawer pulls. Marked in drawer, Johnson Furniture ...
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Pair of Paul Frankl Bedside Tables
Corinne Robbins
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Pair of Paul Frankl Bedside Tables
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
20th Century American Modern Night Stands
Mahogany
Made of solid mahogany these bedside tables have been painted and lacquered in off-white with gold gilding. Equipped with two drawers in each stand.
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Paul Frankl Round Pretzel Lounge Chair and Ottoman...
Paul Frankl, Ficks Reed
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Chairs
Rattan, Upholstery
Once owned by an actress, this rare Paul Frankl three-stranded rounded pretzel lounge chair and matching ottoman would be fabulous in any sun room or conservatory. Custom cushions are...
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Paul Frankl Chest of Drawers or Dresser
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Walnut
Stunning chest designed by Paul Frankl newly refinished in dark walnut featuring newly polished solid brass "buckle" hardware and sabots.
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Rare Chest of Drawers by Paul Frankl
Donzella Ltd.
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Rare Chest of Drawers by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Six-drawer mahogany chest with pearwood trim. Firm leather pulls with top-stitching and brass mounts. A great form from an exceptional series that was produced by Johnson Furniture for ...
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Original 1930 Monumental Skyscraper Vanity by Paul Frankl
TFTM
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Original 1930 Monumental Skyscraper Vanity by Paul...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Vanities
Lacquer, Metal, Mirror
Monumental skyscraper vanity by Paul Frankl, circa 1930. This untouched masterpiece of design retains it's brilliant original lacquer, original stainless steel trim and original nickel ...
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Superb Paul Frankl Console For Brown_Saltman In Eb...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Console Tables
This beautiful console by Paul Frankl is exceptional. It features a streamlined ribbed body with elegant curved saber styled legs .It is all in hand rubbed ebonized mahogany.This piece ...
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Stunning Fifties Paul Frankl Cork and Mahogany Sid...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Buffets
Brass, Cork, Mahogany
Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Company sideboard circa early 1950s. This example is done in striped African mahogany and has seven drawers and two doors with interior storage. The X-...
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Dining Chairs, Set of Eight by Paul Frankl for Joh...
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Dining Room Chairs
Upholstery, Wood
Literature: Paul T. Frankl and Modern American design, long, pg. 159.
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Art Deco Paul Frankl "Speed" Lounge Chair and Sofa...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Sofas
Rare, original "Speed" sofa and lounge chair designed by Paul Frankl. Upholstered in plush burnt orange velvet. This set is all original with heavy cotton filled cushions(not foam).
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Paul Frankl Swivel Lounge Chairs
Modern Drama
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Paul Frankl Swivel Lounge Chairs
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Fabric, Wood
Pair of swivel lounge chairs by Paul Frankl. Beautiful and rare forms newly upholstered in cream velvet.
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Rare Paul Frankl Skyscraper Series Low Table or St...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Tables
Wood
Lacquered wood. Original used condition. Some scuffs and some paint loss. Still sturdy.
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Paul Frankl Cork Top End Tables
Objects20C
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Paul Frankl Cork Top End Tables
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Cork, Wood
Side tables are two-tier with cork tops. Markings: Marked.
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Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands with Glass TopsOn Hold
Modern on the Hudson
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Pair of Paul Frankl Nightstands with Glass Tops
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Cabinets
Brass, Mahogany
Stunning pair of X-pull nightstands designed by Paul Frankl. Very good original condition. Includes glass sized to top for protection.
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Sculptural Cork and Mahogany Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Side Tables
Mahogany, Cork
Sculptural solid mahogany and cork occasional table by Paul Frankl for Johnson furniture, circa late 1940s. This example has a solid cork triangular top a second tier that is solid maho...
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Elegant Chest of Drawers with Nickel X-Pulls by Pa...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Long chest of drawers in dark walnut with nickel X-pulls by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, American 1940s (signed "Johnson Furniture"). Refinished by Lobel Modern.
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Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Tier Tables
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern End Tables
Ash
A pair of Ash tier tables, a Paul Frankl design for Brown Saltman. Marks on underside, and both have a nice clean finish.
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Paul Frankl Long Ten-Drawer Dresser
Modern on the Hudson
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Paul Frankl Long Ten-Drawer Dresser
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Wood
Beautiful all original dresser with brass x-pulls.
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Paul Frankl Tall Gentleman's Chest
Modern on the Hudson
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Paul Frankl Tall Gentleman's Chest
John Stuart, Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Brass, Wood
Stunning chest with brass X-pulls.
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Chest of Drawers in Ivory Lacquer with Nickel Pull...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Long chest of drawers in brushed ivory lacquer with polished nickel X pulls by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture, American 1940s (labels read "Johnson Furniture").
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Paul Frankl Ebonized Walnut Dresser
Craig Van Den Brulle
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Paul Frankl Ebonized Walnut Dresser
Paul Frankl
Mid-20th Century American Dressers
Brass, Walnut
An ebonized walnut ten-drawer dresser with solid brass X-pulls by Paul Frankl, American, circa 1940s.
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Set of Six Paul Frankl Designed Dining Chairs for ...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs
Fabric
A beautifully restored and re-upholstered set of six elegant dining chairs in black lacquer. Four side chairs and two-arm chairs.
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Rare Paul Frankl Coffee Table,,modernist
COOCOOU27
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Rare Paul Frankl Coffee Table,,modernist
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Wood
Blonde mahagany and black lacquer coffee table designed by Paul Frankl.Transitional design,,deco to modern,,.Simple ,sleek,elegant design,,fits seemlessly into any environment,,
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Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Dresser
Ventura
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Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman Dresser
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Chest of drawers designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Newly refinished and brass bullet pulls have been re-brassed. Labeled in the upper right drawer: Brown Saltman California.
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Cerused Oak Coffee Table by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Brown Saltman
Vintage 1940s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Glass, Oak
Classic Modern coffee table by Paul Frankl of ebonized and cerused oak. The table has a stepped inner circumference that can support a round glass top at any desired level or height.
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Paul Frankl Midcentury Classic Modern X-Pulls Dres...
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dressers
Wood
Beautiful Mid-Century Modern dresser designed by Paul Frankl for Johnson Furniture Co. This piece has been professionally restored and the pulls have been brass-plated. A classic Midcen...
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Paul Frankl Tiered Side or End Tables
Stamford Modern
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Paul Frankl Tiered Side or End Tables
Paul Frankl
20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Side Tables
Walnut, Oak
A pair of tiered two-tone side tables designed by Paul Frankl. Legs and combed oak center structured have been refinished in ebony, emphasizing the beautiful natural walnut tops.
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Station Wagon Bedroom Set by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Bedroom Sets
One nightstand with two single headboard, mahogany and birch details, sign with stamp Johnson furniture size of the headboard 42" W X 32" H.
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Paul Frankl Bigfoot Coffee Table
Hostler Burrows
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Paul Frankl Bigfoot Coffee Table
Paul Frankl
Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Cork, Mahogany
Paul Frankl. Coffee table in cork and mahogany. Johnson Furniture Company, USA, 1953. 6’ x 39.5” W (widest point) x 14.5” H. List: $ 28,000.
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Station Wagon Dresser by Paul Frankl
Collage 20th Century Classics
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Station Wagon Dresser by Paul Frankl
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Vintage 1940s American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Rare double chest of drawers, model 1041B-160, in the Station Wagon series, mahogany case and drawer fronts with birch detail and legs. Leather and brass drawer pulls. Marked in drawer,...
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