Rare pair of circular gilded bronze suspensions treated with artist’s original “oxidation à l’éponge” technique. Four curved bands join the main ring to central stem which elegantly attaches to the ceiling with the original “cache-bélière”.
Diameter: 28.7 in.
Height: 29.7 in.
Height with extensions: 47.2 in.
Eugéne Printz met the newly divorced Princess Marguerite de Wagram in 1929. Like her sister, Princess de la Tour d’Auvergne, she inherited a substantial fortune through their mother, Berthe de Rothchild. Wishing to redecorate her lavished Hotel Particulier in the heart of Paris, Princess de Wagram hired Eugéne Printz to design a refined dining room using only the best materials available. The magnificent, palm veneer table and chairs were accompanied by a cabinet with bronze doors and a decorative lacquer panel be Jean Dunand, while a bronze group by Rembrandt Bugatti brought the finishing touch to her luxurious space. The final result was so successful, that it was exhibited at the Parisian Salon des Artistes Décorateurs that same year, where it was widely applauded and helped establish Printz as a leading decorator of the time. Princess de la Tour d’Auvergne was so impressed with his work that she then commissioned Printz to decorate her private apartments at the Chateau de Grosbois. The two royal commissions marked a pivotal point in Printz’s career, positioning him as one of the most sought-after Art Deco designers.
Shortly after the exhibition of 1929, Eugéne Printz was approached by Madame V and her wealthy industrialist companion, Monsieur R, to redecorate their Hotel Particulier in the 16th arrondissment. The project went on for two decades. For their sumptuous dining room, Printz recreated Princess de Wagram’s table, modifying it to include a refined bronze band around the edges of the top. This elegant touch made the table a one-of-a-kind piece. The artist also slightly modified the base of the credenza and reduced the size of the present light suspensions.