Jean Royère - Important Design London Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Mademoiselle de Bellaing, Paris, 1950s

  • Literature

    Mobilier et Décoration, February 1947, p. 55 for a similar example
    'Aménagement officiels et installations privées par Jean Royère', Mobilier et Décoration, no. 3, April 1951, pp. 23, 33 for similar examples
    'Une visite à Jean Royère', Mobilier et Décoration, no. 1, January-February 1953, p. 3 for a similar example
    'Jean Royère et la passion des voyages', Mobilier et Décoration, no. 1, January-February 1954, p. 301 for a similar example
    'Cheminées et Coins de Feu', Jean Royère, Première Série, Paris, 1950s, pl. 38 for a similar example
    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, pp. 103, 134, 163 for similar examples
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 123, 147, 224, 291 for similar examples

  • 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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Sofa, designed for Mademoiselle de Bellaing, Paris

Fabric, oak.
73.6 x 204.5 x 174.2 cm (28 7/8 x 80 1/2 x 68 5/8 in.)
Together with a drawing titled MADEMOISELLE DE BELLAING/No 11.535 and blind stamp Jean Royère - 234 Faubourg St Honoré-Paris Carnot 5244.

£8,000 - 12,000 Ω

Sold for £27,500

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Important Design

London Auction 26 April 2018