A Subliminal Union
Josef Frank's Flora Cabinet
To encounter Josef Frank’s Flora chest is to experience a living, breathing specimen. Through this work, the viewer comes, almost intuitively, to know and appreciate Frank’s powers of transformation: the chest’s meticulously-applied floral imprint elevates it from a statement of simple, elegant modernism to a splendid triumph of European design. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to present this work to the market; its unique provenance renders it an interesting and rare treasure with a multi-layered story to tell.
The delicate gravitas of the Flora chest seems to portend the significance of its own illustrious provenance. The chest was acquired directly after its creation by the Swedish diplomat Carl-Robert Borgenstierna during his time in Caracas, Venezuela. At this time, Borgenstierna organized an exhibition in Caracas showcasing the finest of Swedish design, held in the Torre Pola Caracas building, at which this chest was exhibited. Add to this the fact that Flora’s production was initially reserved for the King of Sweden in the first edition, followed by Queen Elizabeth II, and its value is unquestionably affirmed by the eminence of the company in which it abided.