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Josef Frank

(Österrike/Sverige, 1885-1967)
1 000 000 - 1 500 000 SEK
89 400 - 134 000 EUR
94 800 - 142 000 USD
Hammer price
2 950 000 SEK
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Josef Frank
(Österrike/Sverige, 1885-1967)

a cabinet covered with Georges Peltier's 'Plan de Paris à vol d'oiseau', Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm, probably ca 1937-43.

Oak, brass hinges, the side with a plaque of leather stating PLAN DE PARIS A VOL D'OISEAU G PELTIER, the interior with shelves. Height 150 cm, width 106,5 (110 including the hinges) cm, depth 38,5 cm.
The drawing for this cabinet by Josef Frank is to be seen in the Svenskt Tenn's archives though without a model nr and with notes in the order book 1937, 1942, 1943.
This cabinet has slightly different proportions than the previous cabinet sold at Bukowski's auction 636, Nov 2021. The actual cabinet is slightly wider which makes the Eiffel tower and the Triumphal Arc to be seen at the very front of the cabinet. Key included.

Some wear and damages.


This cabinet was acquired at a countryside estate auction in the late 1970s and has since then remained in the same family.

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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'. Since then he designed several versions of covered cabinets, sometimes with different kinds of fabrics, sometimes with leather and 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 which is composed with a map over Paris and a front with partitions is a very rare model, according the the Svenskt Tenn archives only a very few of this specific version have been made. and this cabinet is slightly wider than the cabinet previously sold at Bukowskis in November 2021. This makes the Eiffel Tower and the Triumphal Arc visible to the front of the cabinet.

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.

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