FRENCH ART DECO LACQUERED CACHE-POT / VASE

by Jean Dunand (1877-1942)
France, circa 1920


11 1/2" wide; 9 7/16" high

Oxidized repoussé copper with a geometric design in colored lacquer, interior of mouth lacquered red.

Signed JEAN DUNAND in black 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. Dunand created his vases from a single circular metal sheet through the complex art of dinanderie - traditional metalworking techniques for making hand-hammered brass and copperware. This unusual cache-pot would have required incredible expertise and time to form the twenty equal lobes out of the single piece of copper.

Provenance:
DeLorenzo Gallery, New York

Exhibited:
Jean Dunand, DeLorenzo Gallery, New York, May 9, 1985-June 8, 1985.
Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York - "The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920's" April 7, 2017-August 20, 2017
Cleveland Museum - "The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920's" September 23, 2017-January 14, 2018

Literature:
Felix Marcilhac, "Jean Dunand: His Life and Works", Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1991, p. 79, pl. 60 illus.,
p. 131, pl. 132 illus. and p. 305, cat. no. 1001 illus.
Derek Ostergard, "Art Deco Masterpieces", Hugh Lauter Associates, Inc., New York, 1991, p. 37 illus.
Anthony DeLorenzo, "Jean Dunand", E.P. Dutton, New York, 1985, p. 99 illus.
C. G. Holmes and S. B. Wainwright, eds., The Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art, 1927, The Studio Limited, London, 1927, p. 136 for a similar design.

$1,250,000.. - Inv. #48