FRENCH ART DECO OVOID COQUILLE D'OEUF LACQUERED VASE

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


10 1/16" high; 6 1/4" wide

Brass with coquille d’oeuf on red 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.

Provenance:
Charles & Aline Meyer Liebman Family by descent

Exhibited:
Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriel Modernes, Paris, 1925
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1926

Literature:
Felix Marcilhac, "Jean Dunand: His Life and Works", Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1991, p. 123, pl. 114 and p. 313, cat. no. 1063.
Margaret Liebman Berger, "Aline Meyer Liebman: Pioneer Collector and Artist", W.F. Humphrey Press, Inc., New York, 1982, pp. 40-41.
"A Selected Collection of Objects from the International Exposition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Art at Paris, 1925", American Association of Museums, Washington, D.C., 1926.

$1,250,000. - Inv. #60