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

Object Timeline

1925

  • Work on this object began.

1926

  • Work on this object ended.

1950

  • We acquired this object.

2014

2017

Door With Handle (France), 1925–26

This is a Door with handle. It was designed by Seraphin Soudbinine and 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.

This object was donated by Mrs. Solomon R. Guggenheim. It is credited Gift of Mrs. Solomon R. Guggenheim.

Our curators have highlighted 4 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Vase, ca. 1925
  • brass with coquille d’oeuf on red lacquer ground.
  • Stephen E. Kelly/Kelly Gallery, New York.
  • 38.2016.5

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; Designed by Seraphin Soudbinine (French, b. Russia 1870 – 1944); 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; 1950-104-4

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