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

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  • Provenance

    Hotel, Lebanon, circa 1955
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris

  • Literature

    'Jean Royère ou bon sens et fantaisie', Mobilier et Décoration, July-September 1949, p. 9 for the chair
    'Les aménagements nouveaux de Jean Royère et les réflexions qu'ils inspirent', Mobilier et Décoration, no. 8, November 1956, p. 27 for the chair
    Catherine and Stéphane de Beyrie and Jacques Ouaiss, Jean Royère, New York, 2000, pp. 100, 103, for the chair and a similar example of the desk
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 39, 119 for the chair
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, p. 230 for the chair
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 2, Paris, 2012, p. 55 for the chair

  • 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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'Croisillon' desk and chair

circa 1955
Oak-veneered wood, oak, fabric, brass.
Desk: 75 x 110.2 x 55.2 cm (29 1/2 x 43 3/8 x 21 3/4 in.)
Chair: 74.7 x 46 x 49.5 cm (29 3/8 x 18 1/8 x 19 1/2 in.)

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £30,000

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Design Evening Sale

London Evening Sale 28 April 2015 6pm