'Œuf' chair

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, France

  • Literature

    René Chavance, ‘Le Salon des Arts Ménagers: au Foyer d’aujourd’hui, l’évolution du style contemporain’, Mobilier et Décoration, no. 3, April 1954, p. 103
    ‘Pour grouper la famille: Le Foyer d’aujourd’hui’, Le décor d’aujourd’hui, no. 86, 1954, p. 187
    René Chavance, ‘Les aménagements nouveaux de Jean Royère et les réflexions qu’ils inspirent’, Mobilier et Décoration, no. 8, November 1956, p. 11
    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, pp. 72, 164
    Catherine and Stephane de Beyrie and Jacques Ouaiss, Jean Royère, New York, 2000, p. 59
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 186, 243, 255, 259
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, pp. 45, 110, 114-15
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 2, Paris, 2012, pp. 49-50, 284-85

  • Artist Bio

    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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'Œuf' chair


Fabric, oak.
67 x 88 x 73.5 cm (26 3/8 x 34 5/8 x 28 7/8 in.)

£40,000 - 60,000 

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London Auction 11 June 2020