FRENCH ART DECO TWO-HANDLED COQUILLE D'OEUF LACQUERED TRAY TABLE

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


28 1/2" wide; 20 3/4" long; 18" high

Wood with coquille d’oeuf on black lacquer ground, later table base.

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. A pioneer in the modern art of lacquering, he combined traditional Asian methods with boldly geometric design and color. Dunand's most comprehensive commissions done in lacquer were the monumental murals for the ocean liners Île de France, L'Atlantique and Normandie. 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 contasting colored ground.

$135,000. - Inv. #65