Jean Royère - Design New York Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Tajan, Design, December 6, 2005, Lot 73

  • 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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Overall very good condition with minor scratches, scuffs and small nicks to edges, consistent with age and use. Top left and right-facing corner with minor restoration with wood fill, the largest area measuring 1/2 x 1 in. A 1 3/4 in. scuff to base where doors meet at center. Interior fitted with two shelves, each with small areas of wood fill to natural knots in the wood to even out the surface, the largest measuring 1 1/2 in. Blue painted escutcheon and foot in very good condition with some wear and scuffs to paint, consistent with age and use. Together with the original key.



Oak-veneered wood, wood, painted wood, brass.
31 1/4 x 74 3/4 x 17 5/8 in. (79.4 x 189.9 x 44.8 cm)

$25,000 - 35,000 


15 December 2010
New York