Jean Royère - Design Evening New York Thursday, December 13, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Beirut
    Thence by descent
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2000

  • Literature

    Lucien Farnoux-Reynaud, "Jean Royère," Mobilier et Décoration, May 1937, p. 142 for a similar example
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, p. 53 for a similar example

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present armchair is documented in the Jean Royère papers held by the Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris in the grands fauteuils file as tracing plan no. 3.480.

  • 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 wingback armchair

circa 1950
Oak, coated canvas.
27 x 24 3/4 x 32 in. (68.6 x 62.9 x 81.3 cm)

$120,000 - 180,000 

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Design Evening

New York Auction 13 December 2018