The annular metal box applied to the convex lid and base with a eggshell fragments embellished with layers of Urushi lacquer, pooling within the convex shapes of the eggshell to form brown contrast against a black background, circa 1930, attributed to Jean Dunand. Diameter 6.5cm. Weight 128g.
Note: One of the decorative elements that became Dunand’s signature was the application of eggshell, either crushed to cover large surfaces (first introduced by Dunand) or in small irregular shapes to create patterns. These were applied meticulously, either with the concave or convex side facing up. The concave leaving the white of the eggshell dominant, the convex allowing a pool of dark brown lacquer to form in the middle of the shape. This process became so popular that Dunand kept a chicken coop in the courtyard of his workshop to guarantee he never ran out of eggs. His experiments were endless, not only in the techniques of lacquer work themselves (sessimé, yuyen, nashizi, jôhana, schuaye, arrachée, louero) but their decoration, not only chicken eggs but other birds’ eggs for different colours, mother of pearl fragments, gold leaf, flakes of dried lacquer in wet lacquer, metal filings and endless pigments. Dunand’s aesthetic and techniques remained very much his own and few were able to emulate them with the same finesse.