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ALFRED PORTENEUVE (1896-1949)

Paris 1896 -­ 1949

Trained in architecture at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris,
Porteneuve is probably better known as the nephew and collaborator of the eminent
French Art Deco designer, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann.

With Ruhlmann he participated in the design of lHotel du Collectionneur pavilion at
the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, Paris.
A fine designer on his own, Porteneuve opened his own workshop after Ruhlmanns
death in 1933. He favored fruitwoods, laminates and metal, sometimes collaborating
with lacquerist Jean Dunand.

Porteneuve decorated and furnished numerous private residences as well as
commercial offices, government installations, and interiors of the 1939 oceanliner
Pasteur.