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Machine Age Art Deco Paul Frankl Streamline Celluloid Rond Covered Vanity Box



Machine Age Art Deco Paul Frankl Streamline Amerith covered vanity box for Celluloid Corporation of America toilet toilette Amerith Division of Celluloid Manufacturing Company Important and rare streamline Art Deco phenolic design by Frankl circa 1929 in the Rond Pattern. In Amerith, a proprietary alternate phenolic to bakelite, catalin, perspex, lucite, plexiglass, etc. Rarely seen in this two-tone green, with the classic silver and black Rond pattern detailing. Typically executed in black or ivory, which are rare enough themselves, the green are exceedingly uncommon. Two-piece construction with very cool intersecting half-circle pull. Matching brush in black in another listing. An early American Modernist ICONIC design. Very good condition, signed. Cubist box. Donald Deskey contemporary. See 1931 Audac book, the Yale University on-line collection, Boston MFA, etc. for examples of this rare Museum Quality line. Paul T. Frankl book, page 101, figure 190. These pieces would highlight any bakelite / catalin collection.


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 2.5 in. (6.35 cm)Diameter: 5.5 in. (13.97 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1929
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor structural damages. slight minor age warp to lid. one small stain on base, as pictured.
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU945214921441

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About the Designer

Paul Frankl

Born in Vienna, Paul Frankl came to the United States in 1914 as part of a wave of Central European design luminaries — among them Kem Weber, Rudolph Schindler, and Richard Neutra — who were drawn by the energy and optimism of the American scene. Prolific and protean, Frankl would go on to design furnishings that are emblematic of nearly every key stylistic chord in American modernism, from the streamlined Art Deco to free-form organic shapes. His “Skyscraper” cabinets, introduced in 1924, are Frankl’s earliest and best-known designs (and the work by which he is most often represented in institutions, such as New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art). Tall and narrow, the pieces have staggered shelves meant to mimic the setbacks of Manhattan office towers. A later visually expressive line — the “Speed” chairs and sofas, which have a raked profile suggesting motion — links Frankl to Donald Deskey, Raymond Loewy and other creators of “Streamlined Moderne” design. Frankl moved to Los Angeles in 1934 and luxuriated in the climate and lifestyle. His designs became lighter and simpler and found an audience among the Hollywood élite. (Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Fred Astaire were clients.) Fascinated by Asian arts, Frankl produced numerous pieces — tabletops with edges that curve upward; sofas and chairs with rattan frames — inspired by Chinese and Japanese forms and materials. In the 1940s, Frankl became one of the first designers to incorporate free-form, biomorphic shapes in his work, as well as novel upholstery fabrics such as denim and nubby wool. Frankl biographer Christopher Long argues that the designer’s easy, elegant aesthetic had an enormous influence on movie set design. As the furniture below attests, Paul Frankl’s work is ready for its close-up.
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