French Design 101
Please note this is a unique piece.
From the Catalogue:
Lacquered by Jean Dunand in 1929, this dressing table is a true masterpiece, combining Dunand's delicate lacquer technique and Printz's superlative design sensibility and sense of motion. The precious black lacquer enhances the striking modernity of the table, contrasting beautifully with the metal frame of the mirror and its radical angles. Not only is this table a testimony of the collaboration between two iconic French Art Deco artists, it is also an avant-garde work, which prefigures other dressing tables, such as the one designed by Eugène Printz for the Princesse de la Tour d'Auvergne or the piece designed by René Herbst for Princess Aga Khan in 1932, currently in the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
—Courtesy of Sotheby's
Raymond Régamey, "Le XVIe Salon des Artistes Décorateurs," Art et Décoration, July-December 1926, p. 11 (for a related model)
Guy Bujon and Jean-Jacques Dutko, E. Printz, Paris, 1986, p. 239 (for a related model)
The present lot is illustrated p. 246 in Guy Bujon and Jean-Jacques Dutko, E. Printz, Paris, 1986.
Madame Printz Monsieur Guy Bujon, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner
French, 1889-1948, Paris, France, based in Paris, France
Swiss sculptor and interior designer Jean Dunand was one of the great craftsmen of the Art Deco movement. A sculptor by trade, Dunand began experimenting with copper in the early 1900s. Using virtually all the materials and processes available to him at the time, he created both natural and manmade forms to form variously hammered, encrusted, inlaid, and etched vessels. His copperwork soon led him to work with lacquer, which he then began famously applying to different surfaces such as vases, furniture, panels, screens, portraits, and jewelry. These compositions varied from his copper furnishings in scope and design, becoming more geometric and angular, reflective of African Art and Cubism.
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