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  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1925 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dunand, Jean, born 1877 - died 1942 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lacquered brass

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 30, shelf B, box 8

In the early 20th century the bleakness of war and economic depression resulted in a yearning for innovation. Painting, sculpture and architecture underwent an exciting evolution. The geometric abstraction of the Cubists, Constructivists and Futurists, the linear forms of Suprematism in Russia, and the straight lines of the Dutch de-Stijl movement continued to characterize the idiom of Art Deco jewellery.

This bracelet with its abstract design reflecting the new art movements was highly fashionable in France and very modern.

Jean Dunand was born in Switzerland and studied sculpture at the Geneva School of Industrial Arts. He moved to France in 1897 and first worked as a wood carver for Jean Dampt. Whilst in Paris Dunand met a Japanese lacquerer who taught him the technique, which he developed into a distinct style of his own. He applied lacquer to vases, screens and interior designs. In 1924 Dunand began to make jewellery.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


ca. 1925 (made)


Dunand, Jean, born 1877 - died 1942 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Lacquered brass


Diameter: 7.1 cm, Depth: 0.5 cm

Descriptive line

Lacquered brass bangle with geometric decoration, Jean Dunand, Paris, about 1925.




Metalwork; Jewellery


Metalwork Collection

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