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Josef Frank

(Österrike/Sverige, 1885-1967)
200 000 - 250 000 SEK
18 300 - 22 900 EUR
19 200 - 24 000 USD
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640 000 SEK
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Josef Frank
(Österrike/Sverige, 1885-1967)

a mahogany chest of drawers 'Flora Linné', Svenskt Tenn, Sweden 2007, made in a limited edition of model nr 1050.

Covered on all sides with flora posters from Plantae Selectae (1750-1773), brass handles, ball feet, top drawer on the right marked with brass tray FLORABYRÅ LINNÉ 47/50 design Josef Frank and maker's mark. Measurements 132 x 43 cm, height 76 cm.
The chest of drawers named 'Flora Linné' was created on the occasion of Carl von Linné's 200th anniversary and was inspired by Linnaeus' summer home Hammarby, where the hand-colored copper engravings by Georg Dinysius Ehret were used as wallpaper in Linnaeus' bedroom. Estrid Ericson visited Hammarby in 1930 and got the idea to use the colourful prints in interiors and on furniture.
The Florabyrå Linné was presented in the spring of 2007 and has been produced in a limited edition of 50 copies.

Slight wear.

More information

Enclosed is a booklet: Cia Wedin, 'Florabyrå Linné', Svenskt Tenn, 2007.


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.

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