Jean Royère, ‘Rare armchair’, ca. 1951, Phillips

Jean Royère exhibited a very similar model armchair for his "Coin de repos pour l'hiver," at the pavillon des artistes décorateurs, Exposition Internationale, Paris, 1937.

Renée Moutard-Uldry, "Les ensembles mobiliers au pavillon des artistes décorateurs," Art et Décoration, no. 9, 1937, p. 280 for a similar example
"Les artistes décorateurs à l'Exposition Internationale de Paris," Le décor d'aujourd'hui, no. 24, August-September, 1937, p. 31 for a similar example
"La fourrure dans le décor d'aujourd'hui," Le décor d'aujourd'hui, no. 47, 1948, p. 29 for a similar example
Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, p. 86 from a similar example

Private commission, Beirut, circa 1950
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1999

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