Edgar-William Brandt (French, 1960)

Timeline

1880
Born in Paris on 24th December at 46, rue de Bergelais, Paris.
1886
Family moved to Orléans.
1894
Enrolled at the Ecole Nationale Professionelle de Vierzon, a technical, craft-orientated school.
1898
Received diploma on July 31st (Brevet Technicien Supérieur).
Did two years‘ military service with the 153rd Infantry in Nancy.
1901
Opened the first small workshop at 76, rue Michel-Ange.
1903
Took part for the first time in the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs.
1904
Married Renée Largaud (1883-1963) on June 16th.
1905
Birth of daughter Jane.
Purchase of premises for a studio at 101, Boulevard Murat.
1907
Birth of daughter Andrée.
1908
Awarded gold medal 1st class, at the Salon des Artistes Francais. Became member of the vetting team of the organisation.
1913
Work for the large town theatre and the Bank Paul in Nancy.
1914
Brandt was ordered to go to Toul near Nancy for military service. There it became apparent to him that the French Infantry had no light versatile weapon with a long target-range. At the end of the year he returned to Paris with the order to design and make a 60mm mortar and the required ammunition.
1915
Presentation of his fist mortar activated by air pressure on three legs with a high precision range of 360 meters.
1919
Birth of son Francois.
1921
Awarded title of Knight of the Legion of Honour.
1923
Awarded the Medal of Honour for Applied Art by the Société des Artistes Francais.
1925
Opening of the Gallery Edgar Brandt at 27, Boulevard Malesherbes and of a second workshop at 25, rue de Hameau.
1926
Awarded the title of Officer of the Legion of Honour.
1938
Journey to USA and Canada with his wife and son on the Normandie.
1939
Moved to Switzerland.
1955
Given an order to restore six monumental doors in the Palace of Versailles.
1960
Died in Geneva after a long illness.