Jean Royere Furniture


2015-06-26 11:06:20


Jean Royere furniture is playful, contemporary furniture created by Jean Royere (1902 - 1984).


Royere created vibrant spaces that encouraged movement and interaction. Though declaring himself “against furniture”, Royere designed game changing pieces that have been of great influence to successive generations of designers. His Tour Eiffel lamps and tables feature the strong geometric lines of his signature Croisillon pattern in dark brass punctuated by patinated balls, while his sinuous Corbeille lamps recall the elegance of traditional chandeliers and sconces within a modern context. A master of metal work; Royere is known for his buoyant upholstery also, including his classic Ouef and Boule chairs.

Collecting information

Pieces dating from the early fifties are very collectible indeed: goat upholstered chairs, sweeping velvet sofas, pairs of pleasantly boxy club chairs and glass and metal coffee tables from this period are among Royere's most important designs.

Royere's egg chairs are very popular.

Dealers will be able to quickly ascertain whether an item is or is not an original Royere. However, excellent quality materials and craftsmanship are clues.

There is a wealth of material out there for the Royere enthusiast to acquaint them self with - a google image search alone will typify Royere's funky, frivolous style.

Price guide

A Jean Royere rare serpentine art deco chandelier brought $20,000 at Woodbury Auction LLC in June 2012.

A pair of Jean Royere club chairs brought $40,000 at Rago Arts and Auction Center in June 2012.

A Jean Royere six drawer desk brought $2,300 at Rago Arts and Auction Center in February 2012.

A Jean Royere console table brought $3,750 at Rago Arts and Auction Center in October 2011.

A jean Royere goat hair upholstered armchair brought $145,000 at Phillips de Pury & Company in May 2007.

A Jean Royere rare 'Ours Polaire' sofa brought £110000 at Phillips de Pury & Company in October 2009.

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