Jean Dunand
(1877 – 1942)

From a Swiss family of engravers and trained in the art of dinandery (copperware), Jean Dunand moved to Paris at the turn of the XXth century. From 1912, he learnt the art of lacquer with Seizo Sugawara, who was introduced by Eileen Gray. Fascinated by this material of exceptional qualities, he developed from 1920s new techniques allowing him to create wonderful abstract and geometrical patterns on his metal objects. Rapidly, he applied lacquer onto furniture, tables and screens and that made the success of his workshops. From 1925, he creates monumental lacquer panels for luxurious cruise liners confirming his international reputation.