Dressing Mirror


Paul T. Frankl (American, born Austria, 1887–1958), designer


ca. 1931


Brushed, chrome-plated steel, lacquered wood, and glass


68 x 51 x 12 inches


Purchase in memory of Donald Peirce, Curator of Decorative Arts, 1980–2001, with funds from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Endowment and gifts in his memory

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An émigré to the United States in 1914 from Vienna, Paul T. Frankl is a significant contributor to American Modern design in the first half of the 20th century. His work embraced the wonder of the modern metropolis, specifically the glamour of New York City. This bold, geometric dressing table is a later example of his important Skyscraper series. As this series and Frankl’s work evolved, he continued to capture the essence of “the new” with modern materials in simple, strong forms while maintaining a love of asymmetry and use of lacquer. This unique dressing table is one of the last works he completed before moving from New York to Los Angeles.