Jean Dunand was born in Geneva in 1877. He graduated from the Ecole des Arts Industriels in 1896 and the following year received a scholarship that enabled him to travel to Paris. In 1904, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs bought him a copper vase. He exhibited regularly at the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs. In 1912, he met the Japanese artist Sougawara, who introduced him to lacquer work. Dunand soon opened a workshop in which, with the help of some Indochinese practitioners, he made furniture, objects and lacquered panels, including those for the liner Normandie. At the same time, he continued to work on metal with a hammer and created jewellery and various objects with geometric decoration, lacquered, patinated or inlaid with gold or silver; Dunand even thought of incorporating eggshells into the resin. He passed away in 1942.