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

10 1/4" wide; 7 ¼" high

Brass with coquille d’oeuf on black lacquer ground.

Inscribed JEAN DUNAND 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.

Barry and Audrey Friedman, New York
DeLorenzo Gallery, New York
Collection of Wendell Cherry, Louisville

Felix Marcilhac, "Jean Dunand: His Life and Works", Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1991, p. 125, pl. 119 and p. 308, cat. no. 1022.
Katharine Morrison McClinton, "Art Deco: A Guide for Collectors", Clarkson N. Potter, New York, 1972, p. 180.

$350,000. - Inv. #50