Modern Design /03 October 2004

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Jean Royere

Plante Porte
France, c. 1945
enameled iron
8 w × 57 d × 29 h in (20 × 145 × 74 cm)

estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $2,400

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Jean Royère 1902–1981

At the age of twenty-nine, Jean Royère left his comfortable position as a banker with a law degree to pursue his long-held passion for design. He immersed himself in the every aspect of the trade, studying cabinet making in the workshops of the Faubourg Saint Antoine in Paris and making furniture for family and friends in his spare time. In 1934 he took on his first important commission designing a new layout for the Brasserie Carlton on the Champs Elysée and he exhibited at the famed Salon d’Automne. In 1937, Royère exhibited his designs at the Société des Artistes Décorateurs officially launching his career as designer and he opened his own firm in 1943. Favoring strong lines and organic forms, Royère designed each piece of furniture to contribute to the overall interior, but his use of rich materials and luxurious forms made for designs that could also stand alone.  His lush creations were favored by a variety of high profile clients across Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. His agency in Cairo, opened in 1946, attracted wealthy and powerful patrons including King Farouk, King Hussein of Jordan and the Shah of Iran. While the aftershock of the war caused many consumers to desire an old-world aesthetic, Royère stayed true to his modern sensibilities and he continued to design works to suit elegant interiors. His long and celebrated career was marked with a major show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 1999, eighteen years after his death in 1981.

Auction Results Jean Royère

Jean Royère

Rare floor lamp
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $191,000

Jean Royère

Custom bar for Gaston Dutilleul, Paris
estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $100,000

Jean Royère

chair from l'Exposition Internationale of 1937
estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $96,000

Jean Royère

chairs, set of four
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $75,000

Jean Royère

Oeuf Grande lounge chair
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $68,500

Jean Royère

cabinet from the Majdalini Residence, Lebanon
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $67,300

Jean Royere

mirror
estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $66,000

Jean Royere

Ski floor lamp
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $48,000

Jean Royère

Créneaux nesting tables, set of three
estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $47,500

Jean Royère

Guitare coffee table
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $43,750

Jean Royere

Tour Eiffel stools, pair
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $43,200

Jean Royere

Ski floor lamp
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $38,400

Jean Royere

coffee table
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $38,400

Jean Royère

dining chairs, set of eight
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $37,500

Jean Royère

lounge chairs, pair
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $35,560

Jean Royere

candelabrum
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $34,800

Jean Royere

firedog
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $34,220

Jean Royère

Herbier queen-size bed
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $30,000

Jean Royère

console from the Majdalini Residence, Lebanon
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $27,500

Jean Royère

Yo-Yo stools
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $27,500

Jean Royere

Sculpture dining table
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $26,400

Jean Royère

coffee table
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $24,000

Jean Royère

dining chairs, set of eight
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $24,000

Jean Royere

Relax chairs, pair
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $24,000

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