Jean Royère - Design Day Sale London Monday, April 27, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the designer by Salah Halwani, Beirut, Lebanon, 1957
    Thence by descent, Fouad Salah Halwani, Beirut, Lebanon

  • Literature

    'Une visite a Jean Royère', Mobilier et Décoration, no. 1, January-February 1953, p. 1
    Axel de Heeckeren, Jean Royère (1902-1981) créateur et décorateur, exh. cat., Jansen, Paris, 1985, pl. 63 for similar examples from the 'Écusson' series
    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, p. 111 for a drawing of similar examples from the 'Écusson' series
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 144, 318 for an image and drawing of similar examples from the 'Écusson' series
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 2, Paris, 2012, p. 42 for similar examples from the 'Écusson' series

  • 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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'Écusson' sofa

Okoumé, hide.
76.1 x 206.2 x 78.7 cm (29 7/8 x 81 1/8 x 30 7/8 in.)

£50,000 - 70,000 Ω

Sold for £43,750

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Design Day Sale

London Day Sale 28 April 2015 2pm