Jean Royère - The Collector: Icons of Design New York Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie Downtown François Laffanour, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2000

  • Literature

    "La Résidence Française," Art et Industrie, no. 8, June 1947, p. 20
    "Aménagements officiels et installations privées par Jean Royére," Mobilier Décoration, Paris, no. pp. 22-23
    Jean Royère: Décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, throughout
    Jean Royère, exh. cat., Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, pp. 24, 40, 60-63, 82-85, 95
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, throughout
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, throughout
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 2, Paris, 2012, pp. 6, 42-43, 46-47, 82-83

  • 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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"Ours Polaire" sofa and pair of armchairs

circa 1952
Mohair fabric, painted wood.
Sofa:30 5/8 x 94 x 54 1/4 in. (77.8 x 238.8 x 137.8 cm)
Each armchair: 27 1/2 x 38 1/2 x 37 3/4 in. (69.9 x 97.8 x 95.9 cm)

Underside of one armchair with plastic label printed JEAN ROYÈRE and second chair with remnants of plastic label.

$500,000 - 700,000 

Sold for $842,500

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The Collector: Icons of Design

New York Auction 16 December 2014 5pm