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  • Provenance

    Galerie Olivier Watelet, Paris
    Private collection, 1997
    Christie’s, Paris, ‘Design, vente du soir’, 19 May 2015, lot 61
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste & Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Jean Royère, décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, p. 160
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, pp. 74-75 for images and a drawing
    Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 2, Paris, 2012, pp. 72, 229-31 for an image and technical 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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Important 'Trèfle' sideboard

circa 1942
Sanded oak, sanded oak-veneered wood, leather-bound wood, brass.
80.2 x 179.3 x 44 cm (31 5/8 x 70 5/8 x 17 3/8 in.)

£70,000 - 90,000 

Sold for £149,000

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Modern Masters

London Auction 26 April 2017