Jean Royère - Design London Wednesday, April 26, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Beirut, 1960s
    Mr. De Saint Martin Beyrie, Beirut, acquired from the above
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2021

  • Catalogue Essay

    A variant of the present model armchair is documented in the Jean Royère archives at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, under drawing number 9.727.

  • 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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Pair of armchairs

circa 1962
Oak, fabric.
Each: 91.3 x 57.2 x 69 cm (35 7/8 x 22 1/2 x 27 1/8 in.)

£25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for £44,450

Contact Specialist

Antonia King
Head of Sale, Design
+44 20 7901 7944


London Auction 26 April 2023