History

  • Prantl - History of a bespoke printer

    Fr. Ant. (Franz Anton) Prantl since 1797 is a traditional Munich-based producer of beautiful personal stationery and luxury leather goods which grew in prominence due to its popularity among famous artists and writers such as Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Franz von Stuck, Emil Nolde and Rainer Maria Rilke, all of whom resided in Munich. Along with Pineider in Florence, Benetton in Paris and Smythsons in London, Prantl is one of the oldest companies currently trading to own its own manufacturing plant. We carry out production in our own print workshop located in the suburbs of Munich. Not surprisingly perhaps, Prantl is considered to be the oldest company of its kind still in existence in Germany. Continue reading

  • Blind embossing - To ink or not to ink

    Blind embossing, Coats of Arms and Monograms. Prantl represents almost 220 years of know how in the field of embossing coats of arms and monograms, as well as Ex Libris, letterheads and similar personalised stationery. Artful engravings and diestamping as well as blind embossing have been a speciality of this house since the 19th century. Initially this part of the printing business was only an add-on to allow the upper class customers to personalise their stationery. Continue reading

  • Prantl and the Arts

    Emil Nolde's 'Faces of the Alps'. Around 1870, in addition to the production of fine personal stationery, Prantl followed the French and English example of printing high-quality postcards and greeting cards. At the end of the 19th century, the so-called 'Artist Department' was founded, complete with colours, canvases, brushes etc. This department caught the eye of a number of famous artists at that time, among them Emil Nolde and later Kandinsky. Continue reading