The Lacquered Felines of Jean Dunand, Master of Art Deco

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The Lacquered Felines of Jean Dunand Master of Art Deco

Making their debut on the market, these three big cats date from a turning point in the artist's career and boast a rare combination of two lacquer techniques. Jean Dunand (1877-1942), Trois léopards s’abreuvant (Three Leopards Drinking), c. 1930, panel in brown and blue lacquer on a plain gold leaf background, original frame in fawn lacquer, 78 x 166 cm/30.7 x 65.4 in (87 x 175 cm/34.3 x 68.9 in with frame).Estimate: €60,000/80,000 Three leopards are drinking from a stream. The one on the left seems concerned with something happening beyond the scene. Perhaps it has spotted a likely prey or is thinking

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