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 | wright20.com

Jean Royère

Rare floor lamp

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $191,000
JEAN ROYÈRE, Grand Oeuf lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Jean Royère

Grand Oeuf lounge chairs, pair

estimate: $90,000–120,000
result: $175,000
JEAN ROYÈRE, Custom bar for Gaston Dutilleul, Paris | wright20.com

Jean Royère

Custom bar for Gaston Dutilleul, Paris

estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $100,000
JEAN ROYÈRE, Bouquet sconces, pair | wright20.com

Jean Royère

Bouquet sconces, pair

estimate: $80,000–100,000
result: $100,000
JEAN ROYÈRE, chair from l'Exposition Internationale of 1937 | wright20.com

Jean Royère

chair from l'Exposition Internationale of 1937

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $96,000
JEAN ROYÈRE, chairs, set of four | wright20.com

Jean Royère

chairs, set of four

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $75,000
JEAN ROYÈRE, Oeuf Grande lounge chair | wright20.com

Jean Royère

Oeuf Grande lounge chair

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $68,500
JEAN ROYÈRE, cabinet from the Majdalini Residence, Lebanon | wright20.com

Jean Royère

cabinet from the Majdalini Residence, Lebanon

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $67,300
JEAN ROYERE, mirror | wright20.com

Jean Royere

mirror

estimate: $40,000–50,000
result: $66,000
JEAN ROYERE, Ski floor lamp | wright20.com

Jean Royere

Ski floor lamp

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $48,000
JEAN ROYÈRE, Créneaux nesting tables, set of three | wright20.com

Jean Royère

Créneaux nesting tables, set of three

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $47,500
JEAN ROYÈRE, Guitare coffee table | wright20.com

Jean Royère

Guitare coffee table

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $43,750
JEAN ROYERE, Tour Eiffel stools, pair | wright20.com

Jean Royere

Tour Eiffel stools, pair

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $43,200
JEAN ROYERE, Ski floor lamp | wright20.com

Jean Royere

Ski floor lamp

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $38,400
JEAN ROYERE, coffee table | wright20.com

Jean Royere

coffee table

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $38,400
JEAN ROYÈRE, dining chairs, set of eight | wright20.com

Jean Royère

dining chairs, set of eight

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $37,500
JEAN ROYÈRE, lounge chairs, pair | wright20.com

Jean Royère

lounge chairs, pair

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $35,560
JEAN ROYERE, candelabrum | wright20.com

Jean Royere

candelabrum

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $34,800
JEAN ROYERE, firedog | wright20.com

Jean Royere

firedog

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $34,220
JEAN ROYÈRE, cabinet | wright20.com

Jean Royère

cabinet

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $32,500
JEAN ROYÈRE, Herbier queen-size bed | wright20.com

Jean Royère

Herbier queen-size bed

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $30,000
JEAN ROYÈRE, ATTRIBUTION, sconces, pair | wright20.com

Jean Royère, attribution

sconces, pair

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $27,500
JEAN ROYÈRE, console from the Majdalini Residence, Lebanon | wright20.com

Jean Royère

console from the Majdalini Residence, Lebanon

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $27,500
JEAN ROYÈRE, Yo-Yo stools | wright20.com

Jean Royère

Yo-Yo stools

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $27,500