Jean Royère - Design London Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, France
    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 'Design', 9 June, 2010, lot 31

  • Literature

    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, pp. 52, 54-55, 274-75 for the sofa, armchairs and period images
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 2, Paris, 2012, pp. 19, 45, 49, 250-51, 270-71, 273 for the sofa, armchairs, period images and drawings

  • 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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'Sculpture' sofa and pair of armchairs

circa 1956
Beech, fabric.
Sofa: 83 x 190 x 79 cm (32 5/8 x 74 3/4 x 31 1/8 in.); armchairs: 71 x 72 x 79 cm (27 7/8 x 28 3/8 x 31 1/8 in.)

£200,000 - 300,000 Ω♠

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London 26 September 2013