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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, France

  • Literature

    Maison et Jardin, November 1955; Jean Royère, exh. cat., Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, p. 68 for the chairs; Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, 1999, pp. 38, 68 and 135 for the chairs and pp. 78 and 166; Catherine and Stéphane de Beyrie and Jacques Ouaiss, Jean Royère, New York, 2000, pp. 49-50 for the chairs; Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, p. 261 and pp. 262-263 for the sofa

  • Catalogue Essay

    A similar set was presented in 1959 at the “Salon des Artistes Décorateurs,” Paris.

  • 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 and important “Salon Sculpture” sofa and two chairs

ca. 1955
Beech wood, fabric.
Sofa: 32 1/4 x 73 1/2 x 31 in. (81.9 x 186.7 x 78.7 cm.); each chair: 28 1/4 in. (71.8 cm.) high.



Comprising one sofa and pair of armchairs (3).

Estimate
$180,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $314,500

Design

9 June 2010
New York