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

    Jean Royère Rare 'Ambassador' sofa [360° view]

  • Provenance

    Private collection, France

  • Literature

    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, p. 101 for a drawing

  • Catalogue Essay

    The ‘Ambassador’ sofa will be included in the forthcoming Monographie de Jean Royère by Galerie Patrick Seguin and Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 2012.

  • 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 ‘Ambassador’ sofa

ca. 1955
Fabric, oak.
41 1/2 x 88 x 31 in (105.4 x 223.5 x 78.7 cm)

$130,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $212,500


15 June 2012
New York