Jean Royère - Design Masters New York Monday, December 12, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Paris; Galerie Patrick Seguin and Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris

  • Literature

    Jean Royère, exh. cat., Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, illustrated p. 59; Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, p. 133 for a similar example; Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 154–155 for the ball and undulation motif and 209, 242–243 for straw marquetry examples, illustrated p. 276

  • 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 would like to thank Jacques Lacoste for his assistance in the cataloguing of 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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Unique dining table,

ca. 1953
Straw marquetry, brass.
29 1/2 × 62 7/8 × 35 3/8 in. (75 × 160 × 90 cm.)

$220,000 - 320,000 

Design Masters

13 December 2011
New York