Side chair

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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Nadim Majdalani, Beirut
    Laurice Daou, Beirut, 1957
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    René Chavance, "Les aménagements nouveaux de Jean Royère et les réflexions qu'ils inspirent," Mobilier et Décoration, no. 8, November 1956, p. 15 for a similar example
    Catherine and Stéphane de Beyrie and Jacques Ouaiss, Jean Royere, New York, 2000, pp. 113, 158 for a similar example
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, p. 180 for a similar example

  • Artist Bio

    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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Side chair

circa 1956
Oak, vinyl upholstery.
38 3/4 x 17 1/2 x 20 in. (98.4 x 44.5 x 50.8 cm)

$7,000 - 9,000 

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New York Auction 17 December 2019