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  • Provenance

    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, Paris
    Private collection
    Christie’s, Paris, “Une Maison par Eugène Printz," May 17, 2006, lot 8
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Bernard Champigneulle, "Entretien avec Eugène Printz," Mobilier et Décoration, 1936, illustrated p. 170

  • Catalogue Essay

    Eugène Printz is considered one of the individualists of the Art Deco style, alongside other renowned designers such as Pierre Legrain and Eileen Gray. Born in Paris in 1879 to the owner of a workshop that specialized in eighteenth-century reproductions, he acquired the skills of traditional French furniture cabinetry and metalwork of the highest measure. In 1905 he opened his own atelier, on the rue Saint Bernard, and a gallery in 1928 on the rue de Miromesnil. He began designing in the moderne style in 1925, around the time of his collaboration with Pierre Chareau for the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs. His work of this period and thereafter is characterized by unique theatrical forms and virtuosic production skills. Examples such as the present lot were realized in limited number for the most sophisticated clientele of the period. The present pair of armchairs were originally located in the dressing room of Madame Thomas on the second floor of the family's Parisian residence.

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

17

Pair of armchairs

circa 1935
Walnut, fabric.
Each: 35 1/4 x 28 1/2 x 32 in. (89.5 x 72.4 x 81.3 cm)

Estimate
$70,000 - 90,000 

Contact Specialist
Meaghan Roddy
Head of Sale
New York
+1 212 940 1266

Design

New York Auction 9 June 2015 2pm