Jean Royère - Design New York Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby’s, London, '20th Century Decorative Arts & Design', April 6, 2000, lot 146

  • Literature

    Yvonne Brunhammer, Les Styles des Années 30 a 50, Paris, 1987, p. 103
    Patrick Favardin, Le Style 50, Un Moment de L'Art Français, Brussels, 1987, p. 47
    Jacques Lacoste, Jean Royère, exh. cat., Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, pp. 44-46 for similar examples
    Catherine and Stéphane de Beyrie and Jacques Ouaiss, Jean Royère, New York, 2000, p. 33 for similar examples
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 129, 200, p. 286 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Royère installed similar demi-corbeille wall lights at the French consulate in Alexandria in 1948 and the following year at the French legation in Helsinki.

  • 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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Pair of ‘demi-corbeille’ wall lights

circa 1948
Painted tubular metal, painted metal, paper shades (2).
Each: 22 1/4 x 30 x 16 in (56.5 x 76.2 x 40.6 cm)

$18,000 - 22,000 

Sold for $30,000


12 December 2012
New York