Jean Royère - Design New York Monday, December 16, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    DeLorenzo, New York
    Acquired from the above, circa 1990

  • Literature

    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, front cover, pp. 26, 68
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, p. 115
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, p. 200
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 2, Paris, 2012, pp. 52, 296, p. 297 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jean Royère employed his “Yo-Yo” armchairs from the mid-1950s for both private and public commissions, most notably in 1957 for the salon and adjoining bar of the Institut de Recherches de la Sidérurgie (I.R.S.I.D.), a steel research organization in Metz, France. The principle component of that alloy, iron was a ftting fourish for salon furnishings comprising armchairs, barstools, dining tables, and low tables, all of which terminated in ring feet, the defning characteristic of the “Yo-Yo” form.

  • 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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Pair of “Yo-Yo” armchairs

circa 1957
Painted wrought iron, mohair.
Each: 34 1/2 x 27 x 27 in. (87.6 x 68.6 x 68.6 cm)

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $137,000

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New York 17 December 2013 2pm