Art Deco Lacquered Metal and Leather Brooch, Attributed to Jean Dunand, the rectilinear form with gold, brown, and tortoiseshell enamel on a leather base, lg. 4 in., unsigned.
Note: Jean Dunand (1877-1942) was an Art Deco artist known primarily for his metalwork and lacquer painting. He began creating jewelry in the 1920s, first for his wife and family friends, and later for fashion couturiers including Madeline Vionnet, Jean-Philippe Worth, Jeanne Lanvin, and Elsa Schiaparelli. Dunand's jewelry was influenced by the Cubist movement and complemented the modern graphic styles of contemporary fashion. Josephine Baker often wore Dunand's jewelry and was the first to commission a bangle made by him in 1925.
From the collection of Susan Freeman, a renowned collector of jewelry and couture. She herself designed and produced jewelry in the 1970s; her creations were sold at various New York venues including Henri Bendel, H&J Blitz, and The Stevens Gallery, as well as to private clients. Susan and her jewelry were featured in the "Lookout" section of People magazine in May of 1974. With her husband, Cliff Freeman, Susan traveled the world collecting the rare, unusual, and beautiful.
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