Jean Dunand (French, 18771942) was one of the most versatile and prolific figures of French Art Deco and perhaps the most renowned European lacquer artist of the twentieth century. Trained as a sculptor, around 1905 he began exploring the field of decorative arts, particularly metalworking. In 1912, he undertook to learn the closely guarded secrets of traditional Asian lacquering from Seizo Sugawara, a Japanese master living in Paris. Combining age-old techniques with contemporary forms and designs, Dunand began producing furniture and decorative panels while experimenting with new ways of using natural lacquer, incorporating it into jewelry, textiles, and even society portraiture.
Jean Dunand’s lacquered wood Portrait of Juliette de Saint Cyr (ca. 1925) in the Museums collection shows the Marquise Raoul de Saint Cyr wearing stunning Art Deco jewelry by Dunand. Our sophisticated earrings are based on this portrait. 18K gold overlay, hand enameled. Imported. 1” diam. Pierced, with gold-filled wires.
18K gold overlay, hand enameled
Pierced, with gold-filled wires