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

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by Henry-Jacques Le Meme, Megeve, France, 1955
    Artcurial, Paris, ‘Art Deco’, 1 December 2009, lot 152

  • Literature

    Mobilier et Dcoration, no. 1, January-February 1954, p. 102; no. 1, January 1956, n.p.
    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, pp. 55, 62, 70-71, p. 164 for the present model in situ at the 1954 Salon des Arts Ménagers, Paris
    Jacques Lacoste, Jean Royre, excat., Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, pp. 59, 73, 84-85
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 33, 40, 143, 199, 209-11, 22, 243, 275, 292, 302-03 for three-armed and eight-armed versions including drawings
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, p. 34

  • 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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Pair of ‘Persane’ three-armed wall lights

circa 1953
Painted and gilded tubular metal, painted and gilded metal, paper shades (2).
Each: 54 x 39 x 30 cm (21 1/4 x 15 3/8 x 11 3/4 in)

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £40,000

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London 25 April 2013 2pm