Jean Royère - Design London Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Nobilis, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1990

  • Literature

    ‘Au Liban comme au Pérou, Jean Royère sert bien l’influence française’, Le Décor d’aujourd’hui, no. 104, 1956, p. 257
    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, pp. 14, 162 for an image and a technical drawing
    Catherine and Stéphane de Beyrie and Jacques Ouaiss, Jean Royère, New York, 2000, pp. 26, 50
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 45, 233 for an image and a drawing
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, p. 162 for a drawing
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 2, Paris, 2012, p. 99 for a technical drawing

  • 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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Property from a Private Collection, London


'Mirabeau' standard lamp

circa 1955
Painted tubular iron, brass, aluminium, fabric shade.
176 cm (69 1/4 in.) high, 80 cm (31 1/2 in.) diameter including shade

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £93,750

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London Auction 27 April 2017