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Josef Frank

(Österrike/Sverige, 1885-1967)
20 000 - 25 000 SEK
1 820 - 2 270 EUR
1 900 - 2 380 USD
Hammer price
40 000 SEK
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Josef Frank
(Österrike/Sverige, 1885-1967)

a brass and black lacquered floor lamp model "2431", Firma Svenskt Tenn, Sweden.

Three adjustable arms with lacquered paper shades in red, green, and yellow, marked underneath TYP 2431 SVENSKT TENN. The base up over the spherical knob height 117 cm, including the lampshades ca 157 cm.
The model was designed by Josef Frank in 1938 was then called "Tre-Spiralen" (The three spirals). In 1939, the model was exhibited at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco and has since been referred to as the San Francisco lamp.

Minor wear, the base with stains and small dents.


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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