'Ours Polaire' sofa

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist, circa 1952

  • Literature

    Yvonne Brunhammer, Le Mobilier Français 1930-1960, Paris, 1997, p. 139 for a drawing
    Jean Royère, exh. cat., Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, pp. 24, 40, 63, 83-85
    Jean Royère, Décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, passim
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, passim
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, passim

    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 2, Paris, 2012, pp. 6, 42-43, 82-83

  • Artist Bio

    Jean Royère

    French • 1902 - 1981

    Jean Royère took on the mantle of the great artistes décorateurs of 1940s France and ran with it into the second half of the twentieth century. Often perceived as outside of the modernist trajectory ascribed to twentieth-century design, Royère was nonetheless informed by and enormously influential to his peers. Having opened a store in Paris in 1943 before the war had ended, he was one of the first to promote a new way of life through interior decoration, and his lively approach found an international audience early on in his career.



    In addition to commissions in Europe and South America, Royère had a strong business in the Middle East where he famously designed homes for the Shah of Iran, King Farouk of Egypt and King Hussein of Jordan. The surrealist humor and artist's thoughtful restraint that he brought to his furniture designs continue to draw admiration to this day.

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'Ours Polaire' sofa

circa 1952
Fabric, oak.
72.3 x 235.7 x 139.5 cm (28 1/2 x 92 3/4 x 54 7/8 in.)

Estimate
£200,000 - 300,000 

sold for £242,500

Contact Specialist
Ben Williams
Senior Specialist, Head of Sale
bwilliams@phillips.com
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Design

London Auction 29 April 2014 2pm