Further afield: at the start of the 20th century Georges Hoentschel was “the only interior designer for the last twenty-five years” (René Gimpel’s diary January 1919). He was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur for his work on the Pavillon de l’Union des Arts Décoratifs at the Universal Exhibition of 1900. He received his award at the Universal Exhibition in St Louis, Missouri, in the United States in 1904.

Photo left below: the interior of the Vanderbilt mansion – woodwork by Georges Hoentschel, photo left above: French Pavilion at the Universal Exhibition, Missouri. Photo right: Dining room of the private mansion of Josefina de Alvear and Mathias Erraruziz décor by Georges Hoentschel in Buenos Aires.