Jean Royère - Design New York Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private commission, Beirut, circa 1950
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1999

  • Literature

    Renée Moutard-Uldry, "Les ensembles mobiliers au pavillon des artistes décorateurs," Art et Décoration, no. 9, 1937, p. 280 for a similar example
    "Les artistes décorateurs à l'Exposition Internationale de Paris," Le décor d'aujourd'hui, no. 24, August-September, 1937, p. 31 for a similar example
    "La fourrure dans le décor d'aujourd'hui," Le décor d'aujourd'hui, no. 47, 1948, p. 29 for a similar example
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, p. 86 from a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jean Royère exhibited a very similar model armchair for his "Coin de repos pour l'hiver," at the pavillon des artistes décorateurs, Exposition Internationale, Paris, 1937.

  • 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 armchair

circa 1951
Mahogany, goat hide.
30 1/4 x 25 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. (76.8 x 64.8 x 72.4 cm)

$70,000 - 90,000 

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New York Auction 6 June 2017