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Eugène PRINTZ (1889-1948)

Above all a cabinetmaker, trained in the family workshop on Faubourg Saint-Antoine, he almost always gave priority to wood. His pieces of furniture, made with a great quality of execution, were for the most part produced in series of limited production, signed with the stamp, “E.P.” and numbered.

The furniture of Eugene Printz is one of grand simplicity, of exactness and of flawless [depouillement-purity?].  Another aspect of the production of Eugene Printz:  luxurious models, always of simple form and harmonious proportions, but with unexpected coupling of curves and straight lines, moldings of freely undulating lines, seductive veneers made from exotic woods of high quality, primarily palm.
His beginnings harken back to the Exposition of Decorative Art of 1925.  From then on, he participated regularly in the Salon des Artistes Decorateurs (Salon of Design Artists) and the Salon d’Automne (Autumn Salon).  In 1930, he furnished the private apartments of the Princess of la Tour d’Auvergne at the Chateau of Grosbois.  He was also, among many other realizations, the creator of the personal office of Jeanne Lanvin and of the reception hall of Marshal Lyautey in the Musee de la France d’Outre-Mer (Museum of France Overseas) on the occasion of the Colonial Exposition of 1931.

In 1935, he decorated and furnished one of the luxury apartments aboard the cruise ship Normandy.

Until the end of his life, Eugene Printz continued to work for a wealthy clientele to whom he sold more or              or less ornate, but always luxuriously executed furnishings.