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1950s Paul Frankl Rattan Furniture Set, 10 Pieces

US$12,000per set

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A rarely found set of Paul Frankl rattan furniture in the six strand pretzel design, c.1955. The 10 pieces include: a pair of arm chairs, an ottoman, a 4-seat sectional sofa, a corner or coffee table depending on sofa configuration (has removable corner tier), and a pair of 2-tier end tables. Original finish. One chair with old water spots - see photos. Measures: Chairs: 34" W., 36" D., 32" H.; Sofa Sections: 32" H, 36" D., 22" x 2 & 28" x 2; Sq. Table: 29 1/2" Sq. x 15" + detachable corner tier; End Tables: 14 1/2" W., 35" D., 25" H.; Ottoman: 21 1/2" Sq., 13 1/2" H. Whitehall Antiques has been a major source for the selective buyer for over 90 years. Whitehall is one the finest antiques shop in the South and Mid-Atlantic, proclaimed the “Best Antiques Shop in the Mid-Atlantic” by Mid-Atlantic Antiques Magazine. With over 7,500 square feet of show room space in an impressive Italianate Villa setting, we are a must visit spot for antiques collectors, dealers and decorators alike! We specialize in period 18th and 19th century English and Country French furniture, fine art, silver, porcelain, lighting, and all appropriate decorative accessories. You will also find pieces of American origin, from Continental Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and ranging in date and style from Baroque to Mid-Century Modern. In short, we are a treasure trove of unique items with an unprecedented selection for your home or collection!

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About the Designer

Paul Frankl

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.

Frankl's Skyscraper cabinets, bookcases and more — introduced in 1924 — are his 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 Streamline 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, chairs and other seating 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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