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Just In: Never Before Seen Drawings by Paul T. Frankl

August 16, 2017

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) is thrilled to announce the inclusion of a group of 38 drawings by modernist design pioneer Paul T. Frankl in the October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Paul T. Frankl, Group of drawings (detail), c. 1930
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

This remarkable collection of drawings comes from the family of a former employee of Frankl and has never before been seen on the secondary market.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Paul T. Frankl, Group of drawings (detail), c. 1930
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

Born in Vienna, Austria in 1886, Paul T. Frankl permanently moved to New York City in 1920 and was inspired by the architecture and forms of the thriving metropolis. Frankl’s design breakthrough came in 1926 with a series of bookcases modeled after skyscrapers.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Paul T. Frankl, Group of drawings (detail), c. 1930
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction

In the 1930s, Frankl moved to Los Angeles where he would cater to the Hollywood elite, including Fred Astaire, Alfred Hitchcock, and Katherine Hepburn. During this period, Frankl’s aesthetic shifted slightly as it started to feature smooth, rounded forms.

This auction is an opportunity to acquire a group of exciting works by one of the most influential designers of the 20th century, whose legacy endures today particularly in Los Angeles, which he lovingly referred to as “heaven.”

Lot Information:

Lot 120
Paul T. Frankl
Group of drawings (38)
c. 1930
Largest: 11.75″ x 9.25″; Smallest: 7.875″ x 4.875″
Estimate: $10,000-$15,000
October 22, 2017 Modern Art & Design Auction 

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