Jean Royère - Design London Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pavillon de la Céramique Exposition Internationale, Paris, 1937
    Private collection
    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 'Design', 15 December 2010, lot 23
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    'Pavillon de la Céramique', Exposition Internationale, Paris, 25 May-25 November 1937

  • Literature

    Renée Moutard-Uldry, 'Les ensembles mobiliers au pavillon des artistes décorateurs', Art et Décoration, no. 9, 1937, p. 280
    'Les artistes décorateurs à l'Exposition Internationale de Paris', Le décor d'aujourd'hui, no. 24, August-September, 1937, p. 28
    Jean Royère: Décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, pp. 32, 156, 158
    Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, p. 283

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present model was first exhibited at the Pavillon de la Société des Artistes Décorateurs, Exposition Internationale in Paris, 1937.

  • 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 rare chaises longues

Painted steel, fabric, goat fur.
Each: 25.5 x 52 x 127 cm (10 x 20 1/2 x 50 in.)

£60,000 - 80,000 Ω

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London Auction 20 September 2017