Jean Royère - Design London Tuesday, September 20, 2016 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Leila Zoghbi, Beirut, 1950s

  • Literature

    René Chavance, ‘Le salon des arts ménagers: Au Foyer d’aujourd’hui, l’évolution du style contemporain’, Mobilier et Décoration, 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, November 1956, p. 11
    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, pp. 72, 103, 164, 169 for images and a drawing
    Jean Royère, exh. cat., Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, pp. 55-59 for images and drawings
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 186, 254, 255, 259 for images and technical drawings
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, pp. 45, 110-11, 114-16, 118
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 2, Paris, 2012, pp. 49-50, 284-85 for images and a technical drawing

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1947, after having been invited by architect Nadim Majdalani to establish himself in Beirut, Jean Royère began working on a number of high profile commissions in Lebanon. His prominence in Beirut rivals only Paris in its importance to his career. Amongst Royère’s celebrated projects was his commission for former Miss Lebanon, Leila Zoghbi Turqui, from whose collection the present works originate.

  • 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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'Œuf' chair

Oak, fabric.
65 x 64 x 72 cm (25 5/8 x 25 1/4 x 28 3/8 in.)

£35,000 - 45,000 Ω

Sold for £83,750

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London Auction 21 September 2016