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Jean Dunand Dinanderie Covered Box

Jean Dunand’s dinanderie cylindrical covered box is comprised of silver meticulously hammered into brass. Dunand’s designs were inspired by the work of prominent malacologist (mollusk scientist) Hirase Yoichiro, whose seminal series "Inside Wonders" (1913-1922) had a deep impact on Western artists and collectors. In his research, Yoichiro cut shells at various angles and stamped them on paper. The complex Fibonacci spirals and chamber cross-sections created geometric patterns that deeply appealed to the modern sensibilities of Art Deco artists.

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Item #: B-20751
Artist: Jean Dunand
Country: France
Circa: 1915
Dimensions: 3.5" height, 3.5" diameter
Materials: Brass, Silver
Signed: base stamped with Jean Dunand monogram

In 1909, Dunand began experimenting with dinanderie. He worked mostly with copper, and toyed with geometric patterns, reflective of the burgeoning Art Deco style he would later fully embrace. In 1904, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs purchased one of his dinanderie vases, solidifying his status within the medium. He would regularly show his dinanderie in the Salon de la Nationale des Beaux-Arts and the Salon d’Automne, along with his contemporaries Rodin and Renoir.