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

    Galerie Regis Royant, Paris, 2004

  • Literature

    Yvonne Brunhammer, Le Mobilier Français 1930-1960, Paris, 1997, p. 138
    Bruno Foucart and Jean-Louis Gaillemin, Les Décorateurs des années 40, Paris, 1998, p. 262
    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, pp. 55, 62, 70-71, and p. 164 for the present model in situ at the 1954 Salon des Arts Ménagers, Paris
    Jacques Lacoste, Jean Royère, exh. cat., Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, pp. 59, 73 and 84-85
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 40, 143, 199, 209-211, 243, and pp. 33, 225, 275, 292, 302-303 for drawings

  • 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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Pair of ‘Persane’ wall lights

ca. 1954
Painted tubular metal, painted metal, vellum shades (2).
Each: 36 1/4 x 24 x 10 1/4 in (92.1 x 61 x 26 cm)

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $37,500


15 June 2012
New York