Printz was offering highly functional furniture. He converted a sideboard into a bookcase by equipping it of revolving panels that provided the access to the shelves. The panels were decorated with abstract patterns made by Jean Dunand in silver oxidation.
Like the other Parisian masters of his time, Printz enjoyed working fine wood. His favorite timber was the palm tree, beautiful in its striped ochre but whose fiber is very difficult to work.
On February 23 in Paris, Artcurial sells a luxurious sideboard by Printz and Dunand, lot 618 estimated € 800K, illustrated in Chapter 4 of the press release dedicated to that sale dispersing a large collection.
This palm tree furniture can be designated as a bibliothèque or a meuble de collectionneur. It is 3.10 m wide with a height of 1.46 m and a depth of 46 cm and is composed of seven adjacent cases. The front is adorned in dinanderie by Dunand and the back in palm tree veneer.
This model is extremely rare: only one other example is known, with a more regular decorative pattern. It is owned by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts that plausibly dates it to circa 1937. The catalog of Artcurial prefers to indicate a date ca 1940. Anyway this nice furniture is a feat from the later Art Déco period.