'Sculpture' sofa and pair of armchairs

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, France
    Galerie Chastel-Maréchal, Paris
    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 'Design', 9 June, 2010, lot 31
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    'Les aménagements nouveaux de Jean Royère et les réflexions qu'ils inspirent', Mobilier et Décoration, no. 8, November 1956, p. 17
    'Confort et plaisirs de la campagne', Mobilier et Décoration, no. 1, January-February 1959, pp. 6-7 for the armchairs
    Bruno Foucart and Jean-Louis Gaillemin, Les Décorateurs des années 40, exh. cat., Ville Boulogne Billancourt, Paris, 1998, p. 259 for the sofa
    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, front cover, pp. 38, 68, 78, 135, 166
    Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., Decorative Art 50s, Cologne, 2000, p. 167
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 38, 42, 261-63
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, pp. 50, 52, 54-55, 86, 114, 274-75
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 2, Paris, 2012, pp. 19, 45, 49, 250-51, 273

  • Artist Bio

    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.)
Each armchair: 71 x 72 x 79 cm (27 7/8 x 28 3/8 x 31 1/8 in.)

Estimate
£180,000 - 220,000 Ω

sold for £224,500

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