a cabinet covered with Georges Peltier's 'Plan de Paris à vol d'oiseau', Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm, ca 1937-1943.
Mahogany, brass hinges, the side with a plaque of leather stating PLAN DE PARIS A VOL D'OISEAU G PELTIER, the interior with shelves. Height 149 cm, total width 99 cm, depth 44 cm. Key included.
Some wear, stains, minor damages, keyhole fitting enclosed.
Marianna Backlund, a good friend of Estrid Ericson's.
Thence by descent to the present owner.
Already in Vienna in the early 1930s when working with Oscar Wlach and their company Haus & Garten Josef Frank began to cover cabinets with different kind of materials. At the time he made use of different textiles. After he moved to Sweden Frank designed the first cabinet covered with prints in 1938, it was the so called 'Flora cabinet'. After that he designed several versions of covered cabinets, sometimes with different kind of fabrics, sometimes with leather but also the more rare ones covered with maps or plans. In the catalogue from The Swedish National museum of 1952 ”Josef Frank 20 år i Svenskt Tenn” there is a similar cabinet nr 2132 which is covered with a map of London.
The present cabinet composed with partitions is an early one and a really rare model.
About the map:
The French cartographer Georges Peltier made this very detailed plan over how Paris was for the year 1920.
It took Georges Peltier more than 20 years to make this remarkable map of Paris. It took 30.000 man-hours of research and sketching.
Every single Paris street is seen on the map, even the tiniest ones. People that are familiar with Paris will recognize famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Bastille and all train stations.
Nine editions of the map were published between 1920 and 1985.
Josef Frank was born in Austria and studied architecture in Vienna. As an architect, he worked with private home areas, villas and apartment buildings. In 1925 he started his own interior design firm Haus und Garten together with two architect colleagues. In connection with the advance of the Nazis, he emigrated to Sweden and was employed in 1934 at Svenskt Tenn. After the outbreak of World War II, Josef Frank, who came from a Jewish family, was forced into exile in New York. At Svenskt Tenn, he made an impact on the product range for four decades; especially when it comes to furniture and fabric prints.Read more