- Also known as
primary name: Bing, Siegfried
other name: Bing, Samuel
- individual; dealer/auction house; merchant/tradesman; German; Male
- Life dates
- Before opening the Maison de l'Art Nouveau, Bing had acquired considerable experience in the French ceramic industry. His family firm, Gebrüder Bing, in Hamburg, imported French porcelain and glass. From 1863 to1881 Bing (born 1838) was associated with the Paris firm of Leuillier, making popular rococo-style porcelains. From the mid 1870s he began to collect Japanese art and it is possible that the contact with Gerard, Dufraissex & Abbot came about through Bing's fellow collector Charles Haviland, director of the Limoges firm of that name. Gerard, Dufraissex & Abbot was approached by Bing initially in 1899 (J. d'Albis and C. Romanet, 'La Porcelaine de Limoges' Paris 1980, 148) to execute pieces from drawings submitted by de Feure and Edouard Colonna, with Bing retaining the right of rejection and oversight; the first porcelains were ready in early 1901. He was also a dealer in Japanese art; opened the celebrated 'Maison (or Salon) de l'Art Nouveau' in November 1895 in Paris, which gave rise to the movement's name.
- G. Weisberg, 'Art Nouveau Bing: Paris Style 1900', Exhibition catalogue, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond 1986
G. Weisberg, E. Becker and E, Possémé (eds), 'The origins of L'Art Nouveau. The Bing Empire', exhibition catalogue, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (Cornell University Press, Ithaca) 2004