Jean Michel Frank cabinet could top 20th century design sale

A gypsum and patinated bronze cabinet by Jean Michel Frank carries an estimate of $544,164-816,246 ahead of a sale of items drawn from the collection of dealer Felix Marcelhac.

The auction, which will feature leading pieces of 20th century decorative arts from around the globe, will take place at Sotheby's Paris on March 11-12.

Frank bronze gypsum cabinet
The cabinet was designed by Jean Michel Frank in 1935

Frenchman Frank (1895-1941) worked as an interior designer and was among the most influential of his era. He was famed for his strikingly minimalist decor.

This cabinet, built circa 1935, is among his most significant creations.

In January, a lamp designed by Alberto Giacometti for Frank made $230,146 at Christie's sale of the Elisa Schiaparelli collection in Paris.

A black and polychrome lacquered cabinet by Jean Dunand and Jean Goulden, dating to around 1921, is valued at $408,123-544,164.

Jean Dunnand Lacquer cabinet
Dunand is regarded as the finest art deco era designer working in lacquer

Dunand is regarded as the finest designer working with lacquer in the art deco era, with Goulden being a regular collaborator.

In 2012, a vase by Dunand achieved $902,500 at Christie's New York.

The present sale also includes a bureau by the pair that carries an identical estimate.

A sculpture by Gustav Miklos is another highlight, with a valuation of $408,123-476,144.

The piece dates to 1926-1928, and is built from wood and eggshell with lacquer work from Dunand.

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