Jean Royère - Design London Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Engelhard family, Le Havre, France, 1953
    Galerie Patrick Seguin and Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris

  • Literature

    ‘Le Salon des Artistes décorateurs’, Le décor d’aujourd’hui (Paris), no. 86, 1954, n.p.
    René Chavance, ‘Les aménagement nouveaux de Jean Royre et les réflexions qu’ils inspirent’, Mobilier et décoration (Paris), November 1956, n.p.
    ‘Decoraciones europeas por Jean Royère’, Casa y jardines (Paris), August 1957, n.p.
    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, pp 72, 10, 12, 164 for period images, drawings and works on paper
    Jean Royère, exh. cat., Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, pp. 54-59 for drawings and period images of the model chair
    Pierre-Emmnuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002 pp. 186, 25-54, 256 259 for period images, drawings and works on paper
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royre, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, pp. 49-50, 56-57, 282-85 for a drawing of the cair, p. 323 for a drawing of the stool
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 2, Paris, 2012, p. 49, pp. 110-11, 114, 116, 118, 216

  • 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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'Œuf’ chair and stool

Fabric, oak (2).
Chair: 65 x 64 x 73 cm (25 5/8 x 25 1/4 x 28 3/4 in); stool: 45 cm (17 3/4 in) high, 45.5 cm (17 7/8 in) diameter

£80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for £200,500

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London 25 April 2013 2pm