Aline Meyer Liebman, New York, 1926 Thence by descent Christie's New York, March 31, 1998, lot 37
Félix Marcilhac, Jean Dunand: His Life and Works, London, 1991, p. 248, no. 440 (for the model) Gabriel Henriot, “Jean Dunand,” in Mobilier et Decoration, Feb. 1926, pp. 38 and 42 (for a square version of the model)
Overall in very good original condition. When viewed in person, the eggshell top surface presents with rich and textural tones ranging from burnt sienna, pale grey to ice white, adding a depth and dimensionality not seen in the catalogue illustration. The outer frame and legs present with warm and subtle butterscotch hues with the black lacquer base slightly visible in the lighter areas consistent with its execution. The outer edges of the frame and legs with minor isolated areas of rubbing and surface scratches. The same areas with a few minor isolated chips revealing the black lacquered base the largest of which is located midway up the outer edge of one leg and measures approximately 1 x 1/8in. The base of the same leg with a hairline crack radiating vertically measures approximately 3 in. and appears stable. The bottom edges of another leg with two chips which reveals the wooden frame, measures approximately 1/2 x 1/16 in. and 3/4 x 1/8 in. The interior upper section of the same leg directly below the base with a hairline crack radiating vertically which measures approximately 4 in., appears stable and is not immediately visible unless inspected from below. The base of one further left with a chip which reveals the wooden base below and measures approximately 3/4 x 1/8 in. All of the above are consistent with age and gentle handling of this rare work. The underside of the top surface is branded twice JEAN/DUNAND/LACQUER. A superb example which exemplifies Dunand's masterful command of lacquer and coquille d'œuf technique. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.