Jean Dunand - Design New York Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Ateliers Jean Dunand, Paris
    Mobilier National, Paris, 1941
    Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walker, circa 1972
    Sotheby Parke Bernet, Monaco, “Art Decoratifs Styles 1900 et 1925,” October 9, 1983, lot 284
    Private collection
    Christie’s, New York, “Important 20th Century Decorative Arts,” December 13, 1996, lot 227
    Acquired from the above following the auction

  • Exhibited

    Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, Paris, 1930

  • Literature

    Le Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, Paris, 1930, illustrated pl. 39
    Yvonne Brunhammer and Suzanne Tise, French Decorative Arts - The Société des Artistes Décorateurs 1900 - 1942, Paris, 1990, illustrated pp. 156, 182
    Felix Marcilhac, Jean Dunand: His Life and Works, New York, 1991, illustrated p. 118
    Lisa Schlansker Kolosek, The Invention of Chic: Thérèse Bonney and Paris Moderne, New York, 2002, illustrated p. 99

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jean Dunand exhibited the present lot in 1930 in his “Boudoir” at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in Paris. In 1941 the dressing table was acquired by the Mobilier National, the French state collection of furniture and tapestries, as part of a larger purchase from Jean Dunand’s atelier. The Mobilier National acquired the work in an effort to keep the firm’s artisans employed during the Second World War, thereby saving them from being sent to Germany under the terms of a Nazi work program. In 1972 the dressing table was officially sold or “vendue par les domaines.” The armchair designed for use with the dressing table and exhibited with it in 1930 remains in the collection of the Mobilier National.


Important dressing table with illuminated mirror

circa 1930
Lacquered wood, sycamore, lacquered brass, patinated brass, illuminated mirrored glass.
44 x 62 1/2 x 25 in. (111.8 x 158.8 x 63.5 cm)
Underside impressed four times with JEAN/DUNAND/LACQUEUR and JEAN DUNAND. Side of one hinged drawer stenciled with the Garde Meuble monogram GM/E and numbered 9381.

$180,000 - 240,000 

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New York Auction 11 June 2014 11am