1877 - 1942
Lacquered metal, coquille d'œuf
Signed in red lacquer JEAN DUNAND
Height: 5⅜ in.; 13.7 cm
Diameter: 3⅝ in.; 9.3 cm
Overall in very good condition. This piece displays superb gradated eggshell decoration over a rich black lacquer ground. The lacquer presents with some minor and expected signs of gentle handling and age consistent with the natural evolution of the medium. The rim collar with a few extremely minute surface flecks to the lacquered surface, and with one small narrow loss to the lacquer to the bottom edge of the collar on the interior, only visible upon close inspection and not visually distracting. The collar with a small horizontal area of wear measuring approximately 3/4 inch wide, not visually distracting and only visible upon close inspection. Half of the circumference of the upper rim presents with restoration to the black lacquer. The base with a few minute losses to the lacquered surface, only visible upon close inspection and not visually distracting. The eggshell fragments present with nuanced tones of white and off-white with occasional accents of dark brown hues concentrated to the upper shoulder of the vase. The vase with a few areas where a few eggshell fragments have possibly been replaced concentrated to the upper edge of the eggshell decoration just below the rim collar, the largest area measuring approximately 3/8 inch wide. The vase with a few possible losses of eggshell fragments only visible upon close inspection. When examined under blacklight, the vase appears to have been applied a clear finish throughout. An extremely delicate work with complex cascading eggshell decoration.
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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Collection of Peter Brant
Collection of Steven A. Greenberg, New York
Delorenzo Gallery, New York
Félix Marcilhac, Jean Dunand: His Life and Works, London, 1991, p. 307, no. 1016 (for a related example)