Juliette de Saint Cyr

Jean Dunand French, born Switzerland

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Attempting to expand the market for natural lacquer products, Dunand experimented with a variety of unorthodox uses for the material, including portraiture, jewelry, and textiles. The sitter for this commissioned portrait, Juliette Schinasi, belonged to a New York family whose fortune came from the production of Turkish cigarettes, and, upon her marriage, she became Marquise Raoul de Saint Cyr. Here, she appears enshrined like a Byzantine deity, surrounded by both geometric and floral patterns rendered in luxurious materials, including white gold. Disengaged from the viewer’s gaze, Schinasi appears ensconced in her own realm of opulence and fashion.

Juliette de Saint Cyr, Jean Dunand (French (born Switzerland), Lancy 1877–1942 Paris), Lacquered wood, eggshell

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