JEAN DUNAND | PAIR OF SIDE TABLES
PAIR OF SIDE TABLES
lacquered wood, brass
each branded JEAN DUNAND LAQUEUR
28 x 12½ x 13¼ in. (71.1 x 31.7 x 33.5 cm) each
Overall in good condition. When viewed in person, the tables present with a rich and bright red lacquer surface that pairs very well with their delicate and curvy form. The lacquer presents with crackling to the surface, noticeably larger to the top of one table (the largest running across the tabletop and measuring approximately 10 inches long) as well as on the sides and corners of both tables, which is consistent with age and natural evolution of the medium. The sides and legs of both tables present with the inclusion of black lacquer to the surface, which is inherent to the production and creates a rich contrast of tones and adds dimensionality to both works. The brass drawer knobs with very minor areas of loss to the gilding consistent with age and not visible unless closely inspected. The drawers are fully operative, the inside of one lacquered in black, the other lacquered in red. This pair of side tables is particularly rare and an important example of Dunand’s large-scale use of red lacquer.
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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Kelly Gallery, New York, 2015
Félix Marcilhac, Jean Dunand: His Life and Works, London, 1991, p. 251, no. 467
Jean Dunand, Jean Goulden, exh. cat., Kelly Gallery, New York, 2013, p. 10 (for the present lot illustrated)
Jean Dunand, Jean Goulden, Kelly Gallery, New York, June 12-September 6, 2013
A stunning example of Jean Dunand’s use of red lacquer, this pair of side tables provides a concrete example of the Asian and Orientalist influences that permeate the work of the artist. Not only does Dunand owe the technique of lacquer to Japanese artist Seizo Sugawara, who trained him for several years, but the carved details, delicately bent legs, and use of a bright red lacquer pay direct tribute to masterful examples of Qing dynasty furniture. It should be noted that the rich, bright red seen here was particularly difficult to produce in the early 1920s, as it was the result of a complex combination of high-quality churned lacquer and plant-based dyes (vermilion and green), and was consequently used more frequently on smaller pieces of dinanderie.