Jean Dunand was born in Geneva in 1877. He earned his diploma from the Ecole des Arts Industriels in 1896, and the following year received a scholarship to go to Paris. In 1904, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs bought a copper vase from him. He regularly exhibited at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs. In 1912, he met Sugawara of Japan, who introduced him to lacquer work. Dunand soon opened a studio where, with the help of some Indochinese practitioners, he made lacquered furniture, objects, and screens, including some for the liner Normandie. At the same time he continued to work with beaten metal and create jewelry and other lacquered, patinated, or gold- or silver-inlaid objects with geometric decoration. He even thought of using eggshell in the resin. He passed away in 1942.