Jean Royère, ‘Pair of rare chaises longues’, 1937, Phillips

Each: 25.5 x 52 x 127 cm (10 x 20 1/2 x 50 in.)
The present model was first exhibited at the Pavillon de la Société des Artistes Décorateurs, Exposition Internationale in Paris, 1937.

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

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

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

About Jean Royère

Jean Royère was already 29 when he decided to quit his job and take up design. He began his second career in Paris’ cabinetmaking workshops, before receiving his first big commission, designing a new layout for the Brasserie Carlton on the Champs Elysées in 1934. From then his luxurious style caught the eye of the world’s elite, and he spent the rest of his career designing couture furniture and spaces for the likes of King Hussein of Jordan and the Shah of Iran. Unlike the modernists who came before him, the self-taught designer offered a more sensuous approach to design. He reveled in color, working with rich jewel tones, precious materials, velvets, brass, and satin, with shape and material as his only ornamentation.

French, 1902-1984, Paris, France