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  • Provenance

    Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris

  • Literature

    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, illustrated p. 258

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné de Jean Royère by Galerie Patrick Seguin and Galerie Jacques Lacoste.

    Phillips de Pury & Company wish to thank Jacques Lacoste for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

  • 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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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTION

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Rare “Œuf” chest of drawers

1956-1958
Ash, ash-veneered wood, fabric, brass.
37 1/2 × 59 × 19 3/8 in. (95.3 × 149.9 × 49.2 cm.)

Estimate
$120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for $158,500

Design Masters

13 December 2011
New York