Eugène Printz

A large palmwood veneer table, brass legs feet A large palmwood veneer table, brass legs feet

Eugène Printz, born 1889 in Paris, was one of France's most accomplished cabinetmakers during the 20th century. Self-taught, Printz began his career by reworking his father's furniture designs.

During the early half of the century, he exhibited in many of France's major decorative arts salons, collaborating with architect and designer Pierre Chareau on special pieces.

Printz is best known for his innovative work with precious woods. His Art Deco designs were adored by the European social elite, Printz had a wealth of glamorous clients, he decorated he apartments of the princess of La Tour d'Auvergne at the castle of Grosbois and the offices of fashion designer Jeanne Lanvin in Paris.

In the last two decades, pieces by Printz have sold at auction for prices in excess of $1 million, at Christie's and Sotheby's both in the U.S. and in France. See more realized prices for Eugène Printz here.

Daum Nancy

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Founded in 1878 by Jean Daum (1825-1885) the crystal studio was named after the place it was founded, Nancy, in the north-east of France. The studio has led the way in crystalware, particularly during the Art Nouveau period, with Daum's sons Auguste and Antonin at the helm in the last 19th and early 20th century.

A yellow and brown glass vase, c. 1905, acid-etched decoration, polychrome enamels, golden highlights A yellow and brown glass vase, c. 1905, acid-etched decoration, polychrome enamels, golden highlights

What sets Daum Nancy apart from other crystal studios is the use of the pâte de verre method, crushed glass is set in a refractory mould and then fused together in a kiln. The technique comes from the ancient Egyptians and is used to create patterns instead of painting.

Artists including Arman and Salvador Dalí all lent their artistic talents to the Daum Nancy Studio. At the Nancy Musée des Beaux-Arts in the birthplace of the Daum Nancy studio, hundreds of pieces from the 1880s-1990s are in the museum's collection.

Louis Majorelle

A side table, rosewood underframe, inlaid tops, brown patina bronze handles A side table, rosewood underframe, inlaid tops, brown patina bronze handles

Louis-Jean-Sylvestre Majorelle (1859-1926) was one of the most important designers during France's Art Nouveau period. His pieces featured the traditional French ébéniste style, a style of wood carving.

Born in Toul, Majorelle's father was also a furniture designer. Nancy was also at the heart of Majorelle's production, his family moved there during his childhood and returned there from Paris, once again, as an adult where he stayed for his lifetime.

A walnut and rosewood veneer bed, bronze and brass canopy A walnut and rosewood veneer bed, bronze and brass canopy

Naturalism and symbolism inspired Majorelle's pieces. As well as woodwork, Majorelle worked in metal and bronze. In 1896, Majorelle joined forces with Daum Nancy to create a series of lighting fixtures.

Louis Majorelle decorative arts had many inspirations, his early works during the Art Nouveau period was more floral and in a Rococo style, later his designs became more geometric in form, inspired by the Art Deco period.

Georges Jouve

An earthenware bowl, polychrome and black iridescent enamels. Incised signature An earthenware bowl, polychrome and black iridescent enamels. Incised signature

And now to the 20th century. Born in 1910 in the eastern suburb of Paris, Fontenay-sous-Bois, Jouve was the son of two decorators. After studying at Paris' Ecole Boulle, Jouve started his career in theatrical set design. After World War II, having spent the war in France's Free Zone in the south learning the secrets of the region's traditional ceramics, he opened a studio in Paris where he took part of several exhibitions which gained him global recognition.

An earthenware sculpture, c.1950, red, green and yellow enamels An earthenware sculpture, c.1950, red, green and yellow enamels

Strong shapes make Jouve's works instantly recognizable. Rich colors and both glazed and matte works make up Jouve's portfolio.

Tajan's 20th century Decorative Arts auction will take place on May 16, 2017. Check out the full catalog here.

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