A Masterful Art Deco Ensemble by Eugène Printz Crowned

On 09 October 2020, by Philippe Dufour

In the 1930s, the Art Deco cabinetmaker created a complete set of furniture commissioned by an avant-garde woman for her Paris flat. Preserved intact in a Provençal mansion, these lavish pieces unleashed a torrent of impressive bids.

Eugène Printz (1889-1948) & Jean Dunand (1877-1942), palmwood cabinet with two accordion doors ornamented with copper plates with acid-oxidised geometric decoration and cast silver filet, front base decorated with brass rushes on small gilded bronze spheres and solid central rear base, stamped on the lower right-hand front side, 96 x 276 x 40 cm.
Result: €620,000

In all, this unique ensemble netted €2.46 m, over twice the low estimate of €1 m. Owned by Madame V.'s family until today, this veritable Eugène Printz period room had never been split up since its creation around 1935. "This intact collection effect has had a strong impact on the auction game," says auctioneer Christelle Gouirand. Private and professional collectors (mainly from the United States and Europe) contributed to results that are all in the high range of those achieved by Printz's works (source: Artnet). Topping the list was an outstanding buffet with a quadrangular palmwood body and two accordion doors featuring copper plates made by Jean Dunand (see photo). It sold for €620,000, outstripping its high estimate of €400,000. Next came a flat desk in chamois-red lacquered wood, also by Dunand, at €440,200 (see photo). A set of 12 dining room chairs in palmwood veneer and covered with leopard-print fabric fetched €279,000, while the matching table, also in palmwood veneer, sold for €235,600. An incredible black lacquered wooden desk with black palm leaf and bird decoration, a unique piece also by Dunand, drew €229,400. Among the objects and other decorative accessories, an oxidised metal light crown went for €70,680.

Eugène Printz (1889-1948) and Jean Dunand (1877-1942), flat desk in chamois-red lacquered wood, c. 1931, 73.5 x 196 x 67.5 cm.Result: €440

Eugène Printz (1889-1948) and Jean Dunand (1877-1942), flat desk in chamois-red lacquered wood, c. 1931, 73.5 x 196 x 67.5 cm.
Result: €440,200

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