Jean Royère, ‘Relax sofa and pair of armchairs’, ca. 1950, Phillips

Property from a Private Collection

Sofa: 39 1/2 x 73 1/4 x 39 5/8 in. (100.3 x 186.1 x 100.6 cm)
Each armchair: 39 7/8 x 33 3/4 x 37 in. (101.3 x 85.7 x 94 cm)

René Chavance, "Jean Royère ou bon sens et fantaisie," Mobilier et Décoration, October 1949, p. 3
Jean Royère, exh. cat., Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, pp. 40, 91 for the sofa p. 94 for the chair
Jean Royère: Décorateur à Paris, exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, pp. 16, 33, 59 for the chair
Jacques Ouaiss, Catherine, and Stéphane de Beyrie, Jean Royère, New York, 2000, pp. 70-72 for the chair
Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, p. 233 for a drawing
Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Volume 1, Paris, 2012, p. 78 for the chair, pp. 162-63 for a drawing

Galerie François Laffanour, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1996

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