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African Woman

Designer:
Jean Dunand (French (born Switzerland), Lancy 1877–1942 Paris)
Date:
1928–30
Medium:
Lacquered wood, oxidized copper
Dimensions:
36 1/2 × 25 1/4 in. (92.7 × 64.1 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Peter M. Brant, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.373.4
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 900
Metal leaf and powder can be added to lacquer to create shiny or matte effects. In this case, Dunand embellished the dress, turban, and jewelry with copper powder. The engraved pattern of abstract foliage reveals the varied colors of the layers of lacquer below the surface.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): JEAN DUNAND

Marking: Stamped (in ink, on reverse): MADE IN FRANCE
Templeton Crocker, San Francisco (until d. 1948); his heirs, San Francisco (1948–72; sold in 1972 to Brant); Peter M. Brant, Greenwich, Conn. (1972–74; his gift 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. "A Century of Design, Part I: 1900–1925," December 14, 1999–March 26, 2000, 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. "Masterpieces of French Art Deco," August 4, 2009–January 23, 2011, no catalogue.

Penelope Hunter in "Twentieth Century Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965–1975. New York, 1975, p. 230.

Félix Marcilhac. Jean Dunand: His Life and Works. New York, 1991, p. 277, no. 239.

Jean-Louis Gaillemin. "The Dunand Touch." Connaissance des arts no. 551 (June 1998), pp. 102–5.

Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 78, 80–81, 243 n. 6, 255, no. 19b, ill. (color, overall and detail).



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