Jean Royère - Design Evening Sale New York Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection
    Wright, Chicago, "Important Design," December 9, 2007, lot 194
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    "Royère," Domus, no. 119, November 1937, p. 26
    Emily Genauer, Modern Interiors Today and Tomorrow, New York, 1939, p. 159
    Jean Royère: Décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, p. 158
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, 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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Property from a Private Collection


Armchair designed for the Salon de repos du Pavillon de la céramique, L'Exposition Internationale, Paris

circa 1937
Perforated steel, painted steel.
22 1/4 x 21 x 41 1/4 in. (56.5 x 53.3 x 104.8 cm)

$80,000 - 120,000 

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Cordelia Lembo
Specialist, Head of Sale
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Design Evening Sale

New York Auction 13 December 2016