Jean Royère - Design New York Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Patrick Seguin, Pairs, 2008

  • Literature

    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, p. 95 for a drawing of a similar example, and p. 163
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, p. 201 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is similar to an example exhibited by Royère at the 1951 Salon des arts ménagers, an annual Paris exhibition which showcased innovations in domestic living.

    The present lot will be included in the forthcoming Monographie de Jean Royère by Galerie Patrick Seguin and Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, December 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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'Jet D’eau’ wall light

circa 1951
Gilded metal, paper shades.
26 x 24 3/8 x 11 in (66 x 61.9 x 27.9 cm)

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $18,750


12 December 2012
New York