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21 April 2021

Never-Before-Seen Group of Jean Royère Works from a Private Family Collection to be Unveiled at Phillips this June




Never-Before-Seen Group of Jean Royère Works from a Private Family Collection to be Unveiled at Phillips this June


Designed by Jean Royère in the 1950s for the Majdalani Family Home in Beirut, this Group will be Offered at Auction for the First Time in the London Design Auction on 30 June




LONDON - 21 APRIL 2021 – Phillips is pleased to announce an exceptionally rare group of 17 pieces designed between 1955-1958 by Jean Royère to be offered in the London Design sale on 30 June. These previously unseen pieces have remained in the Majdalani family collection ever since they were commissioned directly from Royère, and they will be unveiled at Phillips Berkeley Square this summer. This collection of works presents rare Royère designs including a sofa, two ‘Crapaud’ armchairs, side tables, a ‘Flaque' coffee table, a cabinet, a wall mounted console, a ‘Bouquet' eight-armed chandelier, two beds, and a dressing table, among others.


Elie Massaoutis, Head of Design, France and Senior International Specialist, said “We are delighted to present for the first time this remarkable group of works designed by Jean Royère for the family of his friend and business partner Nadim Majdalani. It is extremely rare to find a Royère group such as this and incredible that these works have remained together in the Majdalani family collection since their execution. We look forward to unveiling these truly unique pieces in our London galleries on Berkeley Square in June.”


Throughout Jean Royère’s career he travelled extensively and sought out new markets across the world. After meeting the architect Nadim Majdalani in Paris in the 1940s and following the marked success of the Jean Royère et Aladin gallery established in Cairo in 1946, Royère and Majdalani decided to open an office of design and architecture together in Beirut. Their collaboration, which went on until the late 1960’s, comprised a large number of residential and commercial projects throughout Lebanon. Nadim Majdalani continued to introduce Royère to many prospective clients in Lebanon, including his cousin Dr Oscar Majdalani, who commissioned the present designs for his family home in Beirut between 1955 and 1958.



Jean Royère

Two side tables

Estimate: £20,000 - 30,000


 Jean Royère

Illuminated sideboard

Estimate: £30,000 - 50,000




Jean Royère

Two 'Crapaud' armchairs

Estimate: £50,000 - 70,000


Auction: 30 June 2021

Auction viewing: 23 – 30 June 2021

Location: 30 Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6EX

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*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium; prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium.



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