Desk (France), 1930–35
This is a desk. It was designed by Jean-Michel Frank. It is dated 1930–35 and we acquired it in 1968. Its medium is joined wood, cut, pressed and dyed shagreen, carved ivory. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
Jean-Michel Frank liked to mix surface textures—an aesthetic he conveyed to Eyre de Lanux—such as the use of shagreen (sharkskin) for this desk while other pieces from the same commission were covered in straw, leather, and parchment.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 80.8 x 142 x 60 cm (31 13/16 x 55 7/8 x 23 5/8 in.)
Cite this object as
Desk (France), 1930–35; Designed by Jean-Michel Frank (French, 1895–1941); joined wood, cut, pressed and dyed shagreen, carved ivory; H x W x D: 80.8 x 142 x 60 cm (31 13/16 x 55 7/8 x 23 5/8 in.); Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Forsythe Sherfesee; 1968-144-13-a/g
This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.