Of abstract design, the annular oroide box applied with an orange/red lacquer embellished to the lid and sides with geometric motifs in eggshell, circa 1933, signed Jean Dunand and numbered 7115, with presentation inscription from Jean Dunand dated 1933, 12cm wide and 4.5cm high.
Notes: Jean Dunand became 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 its made) and other Oriental lacquering techniques. Mastering complex processes (for the finest smooth black lacquer surfaces it demanded 30 steps – if on wood – to both sides to avoid warping) of production, application, coloration and all their nuances. For example red lacquer, like that used in the box above, is created by adding vermilion and iron-oxide.
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.