Designer Séraphin Soudbinine French
Designer Jean Dunand French, born Switzerland

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 900

Created for the music room of Solomon R. Guggenheim’s residence in Port Washington, Long Island, this screen and Fortissimo are an artistic collaboration between the designer Jean Dunand and the sculptor Séraphin Soudbinine. While Soudbinine conceived the composition and carved the bas-relief figures of otherworldly angels and rocklike forms, Dunand lacquered the screen. The titles are drawn from the Italian terms for very softly and very loudly played music. Guggenheim’s widow, Irene Rothschild, donated the screens to The Met following the death of her husband, a passionate collector of modern art and the namesake of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

"Pianissimo", Séraphin Soudbinine (French (born Russia), Nijni- Novgorod 1870–1944), Lacquered wood, eggshell, mother-of-pearl, gold

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