Eugène Printz - Design Evening New York Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Mobilier et Décoration, January 1936, p. 169 for a similar example
    Guy Bujon, Jean-Jacques Dutko, E. Printz, Paris, 1986, pp. 114, 200 for similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot designed by Eugène Printz combines an elegance of form with nobly employed materials and carefully considered proportions, reflecting, with its convertible top, the designer’s training in the tradition of eighteenth-century French cabinetmaking. The resulting quality of craftsmanship, expressed through the table’s sculptural form and abstract decoration, in its effect is an objet d’art and simultaneously practical in its function. The table illustrates Printz’s interest in creating furniture "suspended in air" and with the interplay of lines. In a rare interview with the designer, published in Mobilier et Décoration in 1934, Printz explains, “I have always been moved by the mysterious beauty resulting from the conjugation of curves and straight lines… above all else, I want my furniture to be alive."


Rare games table with convertible chessboard top

circa 1935
Palmwood-veneered wood, leather-covered wood, dinanderie.
29 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 31 1/2 in. (74.9 x 80 x 80 cm)
Underside impressed E PRINTZ.

$45,000 - 55,000 

Sold for $56,250

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Design Evening

New York Auction 12 December 2017