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Lacquer Cigarette Case, Jean Dunand, 1920s
Rectangular, decorated with an interlocking geometric motif composed of orange and black lacquer inlaid with varying shades of cream to grey eggshell, measuring approximately 122 x 83mm, signed Jean Dunand and numbered.
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Literature

Cf:  Sylvie Raulet, Art Deco Jewelry, page 278 for a similar cigarette case by Jean Dunand.

Catalogue Note

Born in Lancy, Switzerland and student of the École des Arts industriels de Genève, Jean Dunand would undoubtedly become one of the most talented and prolific artists of the Art Deco mouvement. Following his move to Paris in 1896 or 1987, Dunand would first devote himself to sculpture, influenced by Art Nouveau design. A great turning point in his career would occure in 1912, with his encounter of the Japanese artist Seizo Sugawara who would instruct him in the art of lacquering. A great innovator, Dunand would experiement with many different methods and application which he would apply to various materials including vases, folding screens, furniture, jewellery and other luxury items. One of his most successful discoveries included the process of placing tiny particles of crushed eggshell, one by one, into a layer of fresh lacquer, making up for the absence of white in this material. It is even documented that he maintained his own flock of chickens to provide eggshells of suitable quality and color. Today, his artworks can be found at institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

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