Jean Royère - Design and Design Art New York Thursday, May 24, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Normandy, France

  • Exhibited

    Salon des artistes decorateurs, Paris, France, 1936

  • Literature

    Art et Décoration, vol. 5-6, 1936, illustrated p. 174; Mobilier et Décoration, vol. 6, 1936, p. 239; Yvonne Brunhammer, Les styles des années 30 à 50, Paris, 1987, fig. 4

  • 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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Unique and important desk and chair, designed for the Salon des artistes décorateurs

Desk: zebrawood-veneered wood, chrome-plated metal; chair: zebrawood-veneered wood, fabric. Manufactured by Gouffé, France. Desk with label “Gouffé à Paris” (2).
Desk: 27 1/2 x 78 3/4 x 37 3/8 in. (69.9 x 200 x 94.9 cm); chair: 27 1/8 in. (69 cm) high

$80,000 - 120,000 

Design and Design Art

24 May 2007
2pm New York