Jean Royère - Design & Design Art New York Thursday, December 13, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Monsieur Serval, Paris (acquired directly from the artist)

  • Literature

    Jean Royère, exh. cat., Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, pp. 97-99 for the larger version; Jean Royère, Décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, p. 25 for the larger version; Catherine and Stephane de Beyrie and Jacques Ouaiss, Jean Royère, New York, 2000, p. 16; Pierre Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 131 and 285 for the larger version

  • 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 diminutive “Tour Eiffel” coffee table

ca. 1948
Painted iron, brass, original glass.
10 1/8 x 29 x 14 5/8 in. (25.7 x 73.7 x 37.1 cm)

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $55,000

Design & Design Art

13 Dec 2007, 2pm
New York