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This and 3 other objects are a part of a set whose first object is Door With Handle, 1925–26.

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Door With Handle (France), 1925–26

This is a Door with handle. It was executor: Jean Dunand. It is dated 1925–26 and we acquired it in 1950. Its medium is carved, joined, and lacquered wood, eggshell, mother-of-pearl, gold leaf, cast bronze. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Having purchased a house on the North Shore of Long Island in 1924, Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Guggenheim sought decorating help from their young British friend Rowland Burdon-Miller. At his recommendation, they commissioned doors and screens from Jean Dunand, the great French master of lacquer, and Séraphin Soudbinine, a Russian émigré and French sculptor—possibly the patrons’ first modern art commission.

It is credited Gift of Mrs. Solomon R. Guggenheim.

  • Object ID #907130283
  • brass with coquille d’oeuf on red lacquer ground.
  • Stephen E. Kelly/Kelly Gallery, New York.
  • 38.2016.5

Our curators have highlighted 3 objects that are related to this one.

  • Object ID #907214323
  • painted plywood.
  • Lent by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, John Stuart Gordon Gift,....
  • 66.2016.10

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 271.2 × 65.9 × 7.6 cm (8 ft. 10 3/4 in. × 25 15/16 in. × 3 in.)

Cite this object as

Door With Handle (France), 1925–26; Executor: Jean Dunand (French, b. Switzerland, 1877–1942); carved, joined, and lacquered wood, eggshell, mother-of-pearl, gold leaf, cast bronze; H x W x D: 271.2 × 65.9 × 7.6 cm (8 ft. 10 3/4 in. × 25 15/16 in. × 3 in.); Gift of Mrs. Solomon R. Guggenheim; 1950-104-1

We have 1 media file that features Door With Handle (France), 1925–26.

"Moten Swing," Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra (1932)

The Dunand doors are sophisticated, elegant, and massive. “Moten Swing” in many ways defines the emerging sounds coming out of Kansas City, but was recorded in Camden, New Jersey. The recording...

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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