1 of 9 images

Superb Paul Frankl Lacquered Ten-Drawer Commode, 1950s


A superb Paul Frankl designed for Johnson Furniture, distributed by J. Stuart white night lacquered ten-drawer commode, 1950s stamped, This cabinet has been impeccably and fully refurbished by Talisman.


  • Dimensions

    H 32.09 in. x W 72.64 in. x D 22.45 in.

    H 81.5 cm x W 184.5 cm x D 57 cm

  • Seller location
    London, GB
  • Seller reference number
  • Reference number

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Paul Frankl (Designer)

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.

About the Seller

Top Seller
1stdibs seller since 2007
Typical response time: 6 hrs
Located in London, GB
You may also contact the seller by phoneCall seller through 1stdibs
More From This Seller
Paul Frankl Juniper Lacquered Seven-Drawer Comm...
Paul Frankl
A superb Paul Frankl designed for Johnson furniture, distributed by J. Stuart Juniper lacquered seven-drawer tallboy commode, 1950s stamped, Talisman edition This commode has been...
Pair of Paul Frankl Designed Lacquered Side Cab...
Paul Frankl
A pair of Paul Frankl designed for Johnson Furniture lacquered side cabinets with nickel-plated metalwork, USA, 1950s stamped with makers mark, Talisman Edition. Fully recondition...
Three-Drawer Orchid Lacquered Commode, 1960s
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
An Orchid Lacquered American of Martinsville designed Three Drawer Commode with Nickel Plated Handles 1960s, Talisman Edition
Six-Drawer Hollywood Regency Soft Grey Lacquere...
A six-drawer Hollywood Regency soft grey lacquered cabinet with centre door concealing three drawers with polished steel metalwork, 1950s, Talisman Edition. Prices include 20% VAT...
You May Also Like
Low Double Chest of Drawers with X Pulls by Pau...
Paul Frankl
American Dressers
Brass, Mahogany
A beautiful double dresser that comprises ten drawers in varying depths, Classic brass X drawer pull hardware all in an elegant high polish lacquered finish. With burned in mark for ...
Paul T. Frankl "Station Wagon" Tall Chest of Dr...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Leather, Birch, Mahogany, Maple
Gorgeous tall six-drawer dresser appearing as a chest on chest by Paul Frankl from his highly coveted "Station Wagon Group" created in 1945 by Johnson Furniture Company of Grand Rapi...
Paul Frankl, Station Wagon Dresser, Mahogany, B...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
A beautiful and practical tall six-drawer dresser that bears the iconic design of Austrian modernist designer/architect Paul Frankl. The present example is a rare one with black wood...
Mid-Century Modern Ebonized Walnut Chest with N...
Paul Frankl, John Stuart Inc.
American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Nickel, Walnut
This stunning and elegant chest of drawers was realized by the fabled 20th century designer, Paul Frankl, for John Stuart Inc., circa 1950. It features ten drawers- three taller and ...
Tommi Parzinger Originals Cabinet Studded White...
Tommi Parzinger
American Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Walnut
Tommi Parzinger Originals Cabinet Studded White Lacquered Drop-Front USA 1950s. An excellent Parzinger design with brass pull and brass studs. Excellent restored condition. The fini...

Carlo di Carli Lacquered Commode

Carlo di Carli Lacquered Commode
Carlo de Carli
Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers
A Classic white, lacquered commode with distinctive brass details. Italy, circa 1963. Edited by Sormani. One available. Literature: Domus 410 (magazine,) January 1964, page d/190. ...
Superb 18th Century Neoclassical Commode
Italian Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Exceptional 18th century Italian Neoclassical four-drawer commode with marquetry inlays. Having wonderful, intricately detailed inlays on all sides and across drawer fronts. Showcasi...
1940-1950 Commode
André Arbus
French Commodes and Chests of Drawers
Brass, Wood
1940-1950 black commode in the style of André Arbus, with nine drawers. Gilt brass edges and sun on the apron.

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries