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

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  • Provenance

    Phillips de Pury, New York, 'Design & Design Art', 14 December, 2006
    Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris, 2008

  • Literature

    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 192-93 for the three-armed example
    Jean Royère, exh. cat., Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, p. 49 for the three-armed examle
    Jean Royère, Décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, p. 60 for the three and five-armed examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jean Royère presented the five-arm model of ‘Hirondelle’ at the 1953Salon des arts ménagers, an annual Paris exhibition which showcased innovations in domestic living.

  • 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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Set of three 'Hirondelle' wall lights

circa 1953
Painted metal, painted tubular metal,brass, paper shades (3).
Two-armed: 22 5/8 x 17 3/4 x 7 7/8 in (57.5 x 45.1 x 20 cm); three-armed: 22 5/8 x 18 3/8 x 12 1/2 in (57.5 x 46.7 x 31.8 cm); five-armed: 36 1/4 x 28 x 15 in (92.1 x 71.1 x 38.1 cm)
Comprising: one two-armed, one three-armed and one five-armed wall light (3).

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $60,000


12 December 2012
New York