Dunand worked in a variety of stylistic idioms ranging from the pictorial to the abstract. During the 1920s, Dunand, like many other designers, borrowed shapes found in abstract paintings and applied them as fashionable decoration to luxury objects. The vividly colored geometric patterning on this vase emphasizes its spherical form and typifies the sophisticated tastes of the time.
Inscription: Signed (painted in lacquer on underside): JEAN DUNAND
[Rodolphe Perpitch, Paris, until 1986; sold in 1986 to DeLorenzo]; [DeLorenzo Gallery, New York, 1986–88]; Joseph Bauer, New York (1988–96); [DeLorenzo Gallery, New York, 1996–98; 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. "A Century of Design, Part ll: 1925-1950," May 9–October 29, 2000, 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 Modern Design: Selections from the Collection," May 30–October 5, 2008, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of French Art Deco," August 4, 2009–January 23, 2011, no catalogue.
Jared Goss in "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1997–1998." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 56 (Autumn 1998), p. 61, ill. (color).
Mechthild Baumeister. "Jean Dunand—A Master of Art Déco Lacquer." Ostasiatische und europäische Lacktechniken. East Asian and European Lacquer Techniques. Ed. Michael Kühlenthal. Munich, 2000, p. 209, fig. 11.
Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 76–78, 238, 255, no. 18e, ill. (color, overall and detail of inscription).