Jean Royère - Design New York Saturday, November 14, 2009 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Delorenzo, New York

  • Literature

    Catherine and Stephane de Beyrie and Jacques Ouaiss, Jean Royère, New York, 2000, p. 158 for a similar example; Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 87 and 180 for similar examples; Judith Thurman, “Reflecting on an Ideal,” Architectural Digest, April 2006, illustrated p. 258

  • Artist Biography

    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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Ceiling light

ca. 1950
Painted tubular and perforated metal.
11 in. (27.9 cm.) drop, 43 in. (109.2 cm.) diameter

$20,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $25,000


14 Nov 2009
New York