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Edgar BRANDT (1880-1960)

By 1909, Brandt was already considered “one who participates the most in the contemporary development” of wrought iron.  Very young, he already had designed, modeled and produced by himself numerous works for several individual hotels, mounds of vases and jewelry in gold and silver.

The considerable success that wrought iron experienced in the years after the Second World War very quickly brought an international audience to Brandt.  Always closely linked to the overall architectural convention, his work included enormous gates, both exterior and interior, balconies and stair railings, as well as floor lamps and chandeliers.  At the 1925 Exposition of Decorative Arts, Brandt was omnipresent, notably with numerous grilles among which were the colossal ones of the Door of Honor.  In addition to his personal stand, Brandt also participated in the decorating of Ruhlmann’s l’Hotel du Collectionneur (Hotel of the Collector) salon.

Cf. P. KJELLBERG, Art Déco, Les maîtres du mobilier, Le décor des paquebots, Ed. de l’Amateur, Paris, 2000, p. 47 à 49.