Jean Dunand (French (born Switzerland), Lancy 1877–1942 Paris)
Copper, inlaid silver
Height 7 7/8 in. (20 cm), diameter: 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1923
Not on view
Dunand excelled at the traditional craft of dinanderie, a term deriving from Dinant, a town near Liège, Belgium, where handworked metalwares had been produced since the Middle Ages. The process consists of raising a form from a thin, flat sheet of metal by hammering over shaped molds in a spiral pattern starting at the center of the sheet. Occasional reheating of the metal object is necessary to prevent the metal from becoming too brittle and fracturing during the process. A sulphuric acid bath and rapid beating of the surface with a flat-headed mallet eliminate visible hammer marks from a finished piece.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Signed (underside, impressed): JEAN DUNAND
[Galerie Georges Rouard, Paris, until 1923; 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. "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.
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. 76, 78, 255, no. 18a, ill. (color, overall and detail).