JEAN DUNAND AND EVELYN WYLD
1877 - 1942 1882 - 1973
73⅛ x 75⅜ in.; 185.9 x 191.5 cm
Overall in very good condition. This unique rug was designed by Jean Dunand and woven by British artist Evelyn Wyld, and displays a colorful geometric composition. When handled and seen in person, the rug presents with a supple and clean surface with rich texture and a stable structure. The rug presents with areas with very subtle variations in color, notably to the spiral, as pictured in the catalogue illustration. One small area at the outer perimeter edge of the rug with restoration to the wool surface measuring approximately 4 x 3 inches, in a manner that is consistent with the original design and not detrimental to the integrity and stability of the piece. The threading has been stabilized in very few, select areas of the rug surface and is only visible when closely inspected. The rug has also very likely been professionally cleaned at some point in its history to preserve the wool. The rug retains its colorful and distinct geometric patterns and creative combination of shapes and colors that contribute to its truly modernist sensibility.
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.
Collection of the Dunand Family
Thence by descent to Suzy Dunand, Paris
Collection of Félix Marcilhac, Paris
Sotheby’s Paris and Artcurial, Félix Marcilhac Collection Privée, March 14, 2014, lot 250
Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, Paris, 1927
Paul Follot, Intérieurs Français au Salon des Artistes Decorateurs, Paris, 1927, pl. 26
Bulletin de l'Art Francais et Japonais, September 1927, p. 259 (for the present lot illustrated)
Howell S. Cresswell, "Oriental Lacquer on Modern Furniture," Good Furniture Magazine, London, June 1928, p. 293 (for the present lot illustrated)
Paul T. Frankl, New Dimensions, New York, 1928, no. 55 (for the present lot illustrated)
Martin Battersby, The Decorative Twenties, New York, 1969, p. 39 (for the present lot illustrated)
Jean-Louis Gaillemin, Félix Marcilhac: Passion Art Déco, Paris, 2014, p. 191 (for the present lot illustrated)
This lot is offered together with a period photograph of the Jean Dunand exhibition at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, Paris, 1927.