JEAN DUNAND | VASE
1877 - 1942
Lacquered metal, coquille d'œuf
Signed in red lacquer JEAN DUNAND
Height: 9½ in.; 24.2 cm
Diameter: 5⅝ in.; 14.2 cm
Overall in very good condition. This piece displays superb eggshell decorations paired with a rich, black lacquer surface. The lacquer presents with some minor and expected signs of gentle handling and age consistent with the natural evolution of the medium. The circumference of the base presents with three areas of minor loss to the lacquer that are not visually distracting, the largest measuring approximately 1/4 inch wide. The eggshell pieces retain their original brightness and complex structure and present with rich and textural tones that range from white and off-white to burnt sienna as pictured in the catalogue photography. The underside of the vase presents with three areas of adhesive residue that can be removed at the client’s discretion. This piece has been inspected under blacklight and shows no apparent evidence of prior restoration.
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 Jacques Mostini, Paris
Private Collection, New York, 1984
Christie's New York, June 20, 2018, lot 2
Félix Marcilhac, Jean Dunand: His Life and Works, London, 1991, p. 308 (for related examples)