FRENCH ART DECO OVOID COQUILLE D'OEUF LACQUERED VASE

by Jean Dunand (1877-1942)
France, circa 1925


8" high; 4 3/4" wide

Brass with geometric coquille d’oeuf design on black lacquer ground.

Signed JEAN DUNAND in red lacquer underneath.

In 1912, Dunand learned the ancient and traditional art of Oriental lacquerwork from the Japanese master lacquer artist Seizo Sugawara whom Eileen Gray had studied under. Sugawara, in turn, was taught Dunand's metalwork techniques. After World War I, Dunand developed a process of lacquerwork as superlative as that of his Asian predecessors. Yet it was Dunand who was credited with the most spectacular lacquer technique of all, coquille d'oeuf - the use of crushed eggshells soaked in lacquer producing a craqueleur effect, subtly delicate yet visually dramatic especially against a contrasting colored ground.

$260,000. - Inv. #51