Jean Royère - Design Masters New York Tuesday, December 14, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Beirut, Lebanon

  • Literature

    Société des artistes décorateurs, ed., Nouveaux Interieurs, Paris, 1936, fig. 46; Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 86 and 92 for similar examples; Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., Domus Vol. I, Cologne, 2006, p. 414 for a similar example

  • 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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Rare armchair

ca. 1936
Stained oak, hide.
33 1/2 in. (85.1 cm.) high
Manufactured by Gouffé, France.

Estimate
$70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for $128,500

Design Masters

15 December 2010
New York