Edgar-William Brandt  (French, 1880-1960) 


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Edgar-William Brandt Biography
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.