JEAN DUNAND (1877-1942)
Figure or Bather, circa 1928
Decorative panel or firescreen in colored, silvery and golden lacquer.H 104 - L 75 cm (H 40.9 - W 29.5 in)
HistoryThis decorative panel was conceives, at the origin, as a firescreen. This kind of piece was generally produced in several copies, which followed the same pattern but with colors varying from one piece to another.
The slender canon of our figure is typical of the women as Dunand designed them in his production at the end of the 1920's. The nudity, the pose and the general device echo the portrait-panel of veiled Joséphine Baker, conceived in 1927.
BibliographyAaron Lederfajn, Xavier Lenormand, "1930 : Quand le meuble devient sculpture", Sagec / Le Louvre des Antiquaires, Paris, 1981, #42 for a similar panel.
Félix Marcilhac, "Jean Dunand, vie et oeuvre", Thames & Hudson, Londres et Les Editions de l'Amateur, Paris, 1991, similar panel reproduced p. 264 and referenced under #576.