Vase, ca. 1925
Jean Dunand (French, born Switzerland, 1877–1942)
Lacquered metal; H. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm), Diam. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Purchase, Lita Annenberg Hazen Charitable Trust Gift, 1998 (1998.194ab)
Dunand worked in a variety of stylistic idioms ranging from pictorial to abstract. During the 1920s, like other designers, he borrowed shapes found in abstract paintings and applied them as fashionable decoration to his luxury objects. The vividly colored geometric patterning on this vase emphasizes its spherical form and typifies the sophisticated tastes of the time.