Jean Royère - Design London Wednesday, June 30, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Oscar Majdalani, commissioned directly from the Gallery Majdalani-Royère in Beirut, 1955-1958
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Literature

    René Chavance, ’Le trente-cinquième Salon des Artistes Décorateurs’, Mobilier et Décoration, no. 6, June 1949, p. 23
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, p. 156
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 2, Paris, 2012, pp. 45, 244-45

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model was exhibited at the XXXV Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, Paris, 1949.

    Only three examples of the present model are known to exist. The first example was exhibited by Jean Royère as part of his design for an office lounge at the 1949 Salon des artistes décorateurs. A second example was designed for Mme Ordoñez, circa 1955 and the third, the present sofa, for Dr Oscar Majdalani. It is the only sofa design by Royère that references his more widely known ‘Ours Polaire’. However, the curves of this rare model are more pronounced, resulting in a more sculptural and comfortable design.

  • 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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Rare sofa

Oak, fabric.
80.2 x 216.5 x 119 cm (31 5/8 x 85 1/4 x 46 7/8 in.)

£150,000 - 250,000 Ω

Sold for £491,400

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Antonia King

Head of Sale, Design



London Auction 30 June 2021