Siegfried Bing

German -born French art dealer. After training as a ceramics decorator, Bing built up a business selling Japanese art, opening a shop in Paris in the late 1870s. He began editing the periodical Le Japon Artistique in 1888. in 1894 the French government asked him to write a report on the industrial arts in the United States, which was published in 1896. Inspired by the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and others, Bing began to promote contemporary design. He was aware of the burgeoning Art Nouveau scene in Brussels, and in 1895 he opened a gallery in Paris called L’Art Nouveau, at which he exhibited wonk by international artists and designers, most notably Henry van de Velde. Around 1898 Bing began organizing the production of furniture and objects by designers such as Georges de Feure, Edouard Colonna and Eugene Gaillard. These three created interiors for Bing’s pavilion at the 1900 Paris Universal Exposition that received huge acclaim. He was never successful on a large scale, however, and in 1904 he sold his gallery.