Of abstract design, the circular oroide box applied with Urushi lacquer, embellished with square- and rectangular-shaped geometric motifs in eggshell to the lid and sides, circa 1925, indistinctly signed Jean...
Of abstract design, the circular oroide box applied with Urushi lacquer, embellished with square- and rectangular-shaped geometric motifs in eggshell to the lid and sides, circa 1925, indistinctly signed Jean Dunand to the base. 7.7cm in diameter 4.1cm high.
Notes: Jean Dunand was one of the first western artists to really master the art of Urushi (the Japanese name for the black/brown lacquer and the name for the sap from which it is made) and had much success in his lifetime, he travelled extensively within Europe and the United states where they were acquired by major museums and collectors alike. The MET mounted a small exhibition in 1998 that was furnished largely with pieces form their own collection. He was commissioned by Mrs Solomon R. Guggenheim, Templeton Crocker (for whom he created a whole bedroom in lacquer), wall panels for ocean liners such as the Normandie in 1935 (for which he employed 100 workers to help him complete the order).
Oroide is a more generic term for alloys of copper and zinc or copper and tin, rather than brass (also copper and zinc) and was used for many decorative objects (and even jewellery) referred to as Dinanderie.
Cf. Felix Marcilhac, Jean Dunand His Life and Works, p.277 plate 713 and 714 for similar black and eggshell lacquer powder boxes and a bonbonnière. Cf. Félix Marcilhac et Amélie Marcilhac, Jean Dunand, Editions Norma 2020, P.371 plate 38 for a photo of a larger box with this design in a private collection.