Jean Royère - Design London Monday, September 26, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Collection of the artist, Paris; Axel de Heeckeren, Los Angeles, California; Galerie Jaques Lacoste, Paris; Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris

  • Exhibited

    Salon des Artistes Decorateurs, Paris, 1955; ‘Jean Royère, créateur et décorateur’, Galerie Jansen, Paris, 17 April - 20 May 1985

  • Literature

    Axel de Heeckeren, Jean Royère, créateur et décorateur, exh. cat., Galerie Jansen, Paris, 1985, illustrated pl. 41; Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, illustrated p. 36; Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, illustrated pp. 272-73; Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., 1000 Lights, Vol. 1: 1879 to 1959, Cologne, 2005, illustrated p. 386

  • Catalogue Essay

    This important work was part of the private collection of Axel de Heeckeren, a very close friend of Jean Royère’s.

  • 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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Unique ‘Orly’ armchair

Fabric, painted tubular metal.
72.5 cm (28 1/2 in.) high

£30,000 - 55,000 

Sold for £75,650


27 September 2011