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

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  • Provenance

    Collection of the designer
    Nouveau Druout, Paris, "Claude Boisgirard & Axel De Heeckeren: Art 1900, 1925, 1950," June 19, 1980, lots 110 and 139
    Galerie Eric Philippe, Paris, 1986

  • Exhibited

    "Jean Royère (1902-1981) créateur et décorateur," Jansen, Paris, April 17-May 20, 1985
    "Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris," Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, October 8, 1999-January 30, 2000

  • Literature

    Axel de Heeckeren, Jean Royère (1902-1981) créateur et décorateur, Paris, 1985, the chairs illustrated pl. 47
    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, pp. 62, 72 for the chairs
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, p. 45, illustrated p. 164, pp. 288, 304
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, pp. 186-87
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 2, Paris, 2012, illustrated p. 68

  • 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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Important "Ondulation" table and set of four "Baltique" side chairs

Table: sycamore, slate; chairs: sycamore, fabric.
Table: 27 1/2 x 29 1/4 x 29 1/4 in. (69.9 x 74.3 x 74.3 cm); each chair: 37 1/4 x 17 x 20 3/4 in. (94.6 x 43.2 x 52.7 cm)
Underside of each chair with plastic label JEAN ROYÈRE. Together with a copy of the original invoice from Galerie Eric Philippe.

$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $75,000

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New York 17 December 2013 2pm