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Vase

Jean Dunand (French (born Switzerland), Lancy 1877–1942 Paris)

Date:
ca. 1923
Culture:
French
Medium:
Lacquered metal, eggshell
Dimensions:
H. 6-5/8 inches (16.8 cm.)
Classification:
Lacquer
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1923
Accession Number:
23.176.5
  • Description

    A fascination with Oriental lacquered metalwork sparked Dunand's interest in working with natural lacquer, a material that differs substantially from the imitation lacquer varnishes that had been produced in Europe since the seventeenth century. Dunand initially used transparent lacquer to protect the delicate patinas of his dinanderie wares but soon experimented with the decorative possibilities of more advanced lacquer techniques. A particular specialty was the production of eggshell lacquer, an ancient Japanese technique traditionally used for small-scale objects. The painstaking process involved placing tiny particles of crushed eggshell, piece by piece, into a layer of fresh lacquer. This aspect of his business became so successful that Dunand maintained his own flock of chickens to provide eggshells of suitable quality and color.

  • Exhibition History

    New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Jean Dunand: Master of Art Deco," 23 May 1998 - 28 Oct 1998.

    A Century of Design, Part I: 1900-1925, MMA, December 14, 1999 - March 26, 2000.

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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