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Paul Frankl for Brown-Saltman Lacquered Sideboard Credenza

$6,600

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Rare Mid-Century Modern Swedish style lacquered sideboard or credenza cabinet designed by Paul Frankl for Brown Saltman. Features a sleek mahogany case fitted with three drawers in the middle flanked by two storage doors having patinated brass hardware. The case has round tapered legs on each corner ending with brass sabots. Excellent joinery and craftsmanship with an iconic profile. From an estate in Beverly Hills, CA.

Details

  • Creator
    Paul Frankl (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 38 in. (96.52 cm)Width: 62 in. (157.48 cm)Depth: 21 in. (53.34 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Brass,Mahogany,Lacquered
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Mid-20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent joinery and craftsmanship with age appropriate wear.
  • Seller Location
    Rio Vista, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1555221767732

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    Ships From: Rio Vista, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 1 day of delivery.

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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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About the Seller
5.0
Located in Rio Vista, CA

Erin Lane Estate is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and its team of furniture restorers, art curators, professional appraisers and Asia specialists sources prime vintage and antique furniture from the finest estates in Northern and Southern California. Erin Lane Estate specializes in Hollywood Regency, McGuire, Chinese and Japanese pieces.

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