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Jean Dunand Dinanderie Gong


Decorated in silver against a mottled umber ground with Fibonacci spirals, circles, arcs, and dots, Jean Dunand’s gong is hung from an open rectangular frame. One can keenly observe the influence of the Russian constructivist in the gong’s design. Constructivist art focused on industrial production, using stripped-down, geometric forms and modest materials. Their visual language existed of forms that they could draw with practical instruments like compasses and rulers. The constructivist artists from the early days of the Russian Revolution studied in Paris, introducing their ideas to a Western Audience.

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Item #: B-20556
Artist: Jean Dunand
Country: France
Circa: 1925
Dimensions: 31" height, 34.5" width,12" depth
Materials: Silver, Copper, Rosewood
Signed: Dunand
Provenance: Collection of Andy Warhol, New York
Literature: F. Marcilhac, Jean Dunand: Vie et Ouvre, Editions de l'Amateur, Paris, 1991, pp. 272, fig. 659. (similar example) 

By far the most familiar to most Westerners, Jean Dunand chose the Chau gong for his design. Lage chau gongs, called tam-tams, became integrated into Western classical music beginning in the eighteenth century. Chau gongs were used to clear the way for important officials and processions, much like a police siren today. Sometimes the number of strokes on the gong was used to indicate the seniority of the official In this way, two officials meeting unexpectedly on the road would know before the meeting which of them should bow down before the other.