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Edgar Brandt Decorative Objects

French, 1880-1960

French metalworker Edgar Brandt refused to settle into a single way of doing things and he constantly experimented with different techniques, mediums and styles. From his earliest dive into Art Nouveau to his transition to Art Deco, Brandt brought his craft to bear on pieces ranging from architectural elements, such as doors, to furnishings like console tables and wall sconces — each object rich with thoughtful detail.

When he was 13, Brandt was enrolled by his parents in the prestigious École Nationale Professionnelle de Vierzon boarding and trade school. The school placed him in the ironworking program, where he learned traditional forging methods. He served two years in the military after graduating and subsequently opened a small shop to practice his craft.

In his cozy atelier in Paris, Brandt designed small metal objects like crosses, rings and pendants. He methodically created each piece and slowly worked his way up to larger projects. Inspired by the Art Nouveau furnishings of Louis Majorelle, fashioned from wood and wrought iron, Brandt added furniture design to his skillset. 

In 1914, the French military called on Brandt to serve in World War I. During this time, he designed weapons and shell casings that were widely copied and used in both world wars.

After peace temporarily took shape in Europe, Brandt worked tirelessly to design and produce a wide variety of metal pieces. Every year, he showed his work at the Salon d’Automne. In 1919, he expanded his enterprise by building a new workshop, where he employed 100-plus workers. International demand for his work prompted Brandt to expand further and open a factory in the Parisian suburb of Chatillon-sous-Bagneux. There, he had more than 3,000 employees.

In 1936, the French government nationalized his company, and they began to produce armaments under Brandt's name. The onset of World War II led Brandt and his family to flee to Switzerland, where they stayed until the fighting was over. When he finally returned to France, Brandt didn’t reopen his studio. He chose, instead, to work on small-scale projects until his death in 1960.

Brandt received many high-profile commissions and participated in several important collaborations. He co-created some of France's most notable monuments, including the French Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe — completed in 1921. He received the title Knight of the Legion of Honor and the Medal of Honor for Applied Art from the French Society of Artists.

On 1stDibs, find antique Edgar Brandt lighting, tables and decorative objects.

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Creator: Edgar Brandt
Art Deco Wrought Iron Mistletoe Paperweight by Edgar Brandt 1921
By Edgar Brandt
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art Deco wrought iron Mistletoe paperweight by Edgar Brandt. In French this model is called Boule de Gui. Wrought iron with chromed finish. France 1921. We have a pair available...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Edgar Brandt Decorative Objects

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Iron

"Rooster" model book squeezer by Edgar Brandt
By Edgar Brandt
Located in Ciudad Autónoma Buenos Aires, C
Pair of book presses with a rooster design, made of iron, made by Edgar Brandt (1880 - 1960). Signed E, BRANDT Reproduced in the books, Joan Kahr, Edgar Brandt: Art Deco Ironwork, N...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Edgar Brandt Decorative Objects

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Art Déco French Polished Silvered Bronze Balancing Dice Paperweight by E. Brandt
By Edgar Brandt
Located in North Miami, FL
Art Déco fench polished silvered bronze balancing dice paperweight by Edgar Brandt By: Edgar Brandt Material: copper, bronze, silver, metal Technique: cast, molded, silvered, polish...
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20th Century French Art Deco Edgar Brandt Decorative Objects

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Copper, Bronze, Silver, Metal

Edgar Brandt Element Decorative Wrought Iron Snake Art Deco
By Edgar Brandt
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Edgar Brandt Serpent art deco. in wrought iron. Remarkable work of hammering of the wrought iron for this decorative snake dating from the years ...
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1920s French Art Deco Vintage Edgar Brandt Decorative Objects

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Wrought Iron

Pair French Art Deco Wrought Iron Candle Sticks by Edgar Brandt
By Edgar Brandt
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A stunning pair of French Art Deco hand forged wrought iron Candle Sticks by Edgar Brandt in great condition. Distinctively designed with ex...
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Edgar Brandt decorative objects for sale on 1stDibs.

Edgar Brandt decorative objects are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Edgar Brandt decorative objects, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original decorative objects by Edgar Brandt were created in the Art Deco style in france during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider decorative objects by Henri Fugère, Maurice Guiraud-Rivière, and Lucien Charles Edouard Alliot. Prices for Edgar Brandt decorative objects can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $500 and can go as high as $15,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $8,900.

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