branded JEAN DUNAND, numbered 312 and stamped with the artist's studio address 72 RUE HALLE PARIS
16¼ x 51¼ x 22⅞ in. (41.2 x 130.1 x 57.9 cm)
Overall in good condition. This iconic low table design by Jean Dunand presents with a wooden body fully coated in a bright reflective lacquer in original condition and triangle-shaped feet with superb sculptural presence. This model’s feet are slightly elevated by about 1/2 inch above the ground and include protective foot pads, adding remarkable presence to the work. The lacquered surface presents with light scratches that are consistent with age and gentle use, the largest on the tabletop measuring approximately 3 1/2 inches long and not visually distracting. The sides of the tabletop and legs present with occasional and scattered crackling to the lacquer, areas of minor discoloration, as well as areas of restoration to the lacquer concentrated to the side edges of all four legs, which are consistent with the original design and are not visually distracting. This rare low table is stable, functional and ready for display.
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.
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Acquired directly from the artist by the original owner, circa 1926-1927
Thence by descent
Christie's Paris, November 26, 2010, lot 10
Jean Dunand, Jean Goulden, exh. cat., Galerie du Luxembourg, Paris, 1972, p. 10 (for a related model)
Félix Marcilhac, Jean Dunand: His Life and Works, London, 1991, p. 247, no. 435 (for a related model)
The role that the present lot played in shaping the Marc Jacobs beauty line is a testament to Jean Dunand’s mastery of the technique of lacquer, of which this coffee table is a superior example. This rare piece represents the perfect expression of his vision through the use of glistening black lacquer and elegant, geometric proportions. Dunand always took extreme care in applying various layers of natural and clay-based lacquer of increasingly fine texture, which were then minutely applied on the piece, resulting in a completely smooth texture that typically took up to four days to dry. The result, as exemplified here, is an exceptional impression of depth and interplay of light.