Benjamin Steinitz could share the nickname attributed to his father, Bernard Steinitz, "Prince of antiques dealers". Indeed, as the worthy successor of a Beauty Empire, he managed to preserve the dynamism of the Maison Steinitz by leaving the town house at 77 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré to move in the 6 rue Royale, then in Paul Bert Serpette. "With the generation change, the best places to do business are also changing", he tells us. He aims to ensure the privacy of his rendez-vous in his town house of the rue Royale, a place with generous and bright volumes and warm wood paneling, and also wishes while moving in Paul Bert Serpette to invest an international clientele crossing point that cannot be found anymore in the parisian pretty districts.
His opening, alley 1 booths 3 and 4 in the Serpette market, is far from being the first step in the history of his presence in Paris-Saint-Ouen fleamarket. There would be much to say about his long experience as a buyer in this place, as he is part of the people who comes regularly on weekends to walk along the alleys searching for treasures, and many dealers know him very well. For as every passionate antiques dealer, he is, above all, a bargain hunter and collector through and through.
It is a place he always attended, "in and out", he says, alluding to he opening, in association with his sister Sarah Steinitz, a few years ago, of a shop proposing eclectic merchandise in the former Steinitz workshops, rue des Rosiers. But his willingness to open a booth in Paul Bert Serpette, motivated by the dynamism and enthusiasm of Jean-Cyrille Boutmy, owner of the market, has a precise purpose ; "to have a showcase that is more representative of [our] style and of the objects [we] show in the gallery, rue Royale". This booth has the vocation to offer to an international clientele an overview of the objects he loves trading in the exceptional of his town house.
Here can be seen pieces of furniture and objects from the Renaissance period to the 19th century, of which special feature is for each of them to be stamped with artistic and decorative force, carried by their monumental, sculptural and historical nature.