Jean Royère - Design London Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Alexandria, Egypt

  • Exhibited

    ‘Jean Royère’, Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 25 May–2 July 1999

  • Literature

    ‘Charles Moreau, Jean Royère’, Cheminées et Coins de Feu, Première Série, Paris, 1950s, plate 41
    Jean Royère, exh. cat., Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, illustrated on p. 89
    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, p. 159
    Catherine & Stéphane de Beyrie and Jacques Ouaiss, Jean Royère, New York, 2000, p. 36
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 35, 45, p. 190 for a technical drawing, p. 191

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot will be included in the forthcoming Monographie de Jean Royère by Galerie Patrick Seguin and Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 2012.

  • 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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‘Sphere’ coffee table

circa 1939
Gilt wrought iron, lacquered slate.
34 x 149.5 x 69.4 cm (13 3/8 x 58 7/8 x 27 3/8 in)

£120,000 - 180,000 

Sold for £217,250


26 April 2012