Jean Royère - Design New York Friday, June 15, 2012 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private collection, Paris

  • Literature

    ‘Jean Royère’, Mobilier et Décoration, May 1937, p. 143
    Maison Française, no. 16, March 1948, p. 15
    Maison Française, no. 29, June 1949, p. 20
    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, pp. 16 and 58 for the chairs
    Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., 50s Decorative Art, Cologne, 2000, p. 125 for the chairs
    Catherine and Stéphane de Beyrie and Jacques Ouaiss, Jean Royère, New York, 2000, p. 103 for the chairs
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 39, 108 and 119 for the chairs and similar examples of the table

  • 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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Extendable dining table and six ‘Croisillon’ dining chairs

ca. 1948
Table: Oak-veneered wood, oak, brass; chairs: oak, fabric.
Table: 28 3/4 (73 cm) high, 48 3/4 in (123.8 cm) diameter; table fully extended: 28 3/4 x 95 3/4 x 48 3/4 in (73 x 243.2 x 123.8 cm); each chair: 31 1/4 x 18 x 17 in (79.4 x 45.7 x 43.2 cm)

$40,000 - 60,000 


15 June 2012
New York