Jean Dunand (French (born Switzerland), Lancy 1877–1942 Paris)
12 in. × 5 3/4 in. × 9 in. (30.5 × 14.6 × 22.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1970
Not on view
While Dunand is best known for his works in lacquer, his training as a sculptor is evident in the skillful modeling of these snakes, while the confident handling of the metal demonstrates his abilities as a craftsman. Each snake is cast in bronze; the scales were chased and highlighted with gilding afterward.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Signed (underside, incised): JEAN DUNAND
[Galerie Sonnabend, Paris, until 1970; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Jean Dunand: Master of Art Deco," May 23–October 28, 1998, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art Deco Paris," June 8, 2004–February 6, 2005, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Design," March 30–December 3, 2006, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of French Art Deco," August 4, 2009–January 23, 2011, no catalogue.
Émile Sedeyn. "Jean Dunand." Art et décoration 36 (September–October 1919), pp. 118–26.
Katharine Morrison McClinton. "Jean Dunand, Art Deco Craftsman." Apollo 116, no. 247 (September 1982), pp. 177–80.
Félix Marcilhac. Jean Dunand: His Life and Works. New York, 1991, p. 273.
Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 75, 254–55, no. 17, ill. (color, overall and detail).