Lot 442
  • 442

Jean Royère

Estimate
350,000 - 500,000 USD
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Description

  • JEAN ROYÈRE
  • "Ours Polaire" Sofa from the Dumont Residence, France
  • with label inscribed JEAN ROYÈRE, carcass wood inscribed with client's name in pencil
  • ebonised beech, alpaca wool upholstery
  • 31 1/2  x 93 3/4  x 54 3/4  in. (80 x 238.1 x 139.1 cm)

Provenance

Dumont Family, France, 1958
Thence by descent

Literature

"La résidence française," Art et Industrie, no. 8, June 1947, p. 20
"Avant, après avec Jean Royère," Le Décor d'Aujourd'hui, no. 47, 1948, p. 45
"Chez Jean Royère à Paris," Plaisir de France, March 1949, p. 37
René Chavance, "Les aménagements nouveaux de Jean Royère et les réflexions qu'ils inspirent," Mobilier et Décoration, no. 8, 1956, pp. 16 and 21
Madeleine Rolland, "Esoterisme des lignes," Mobilier et Décoration, no. 6, July 1960, p. 41 (for the present lot illustrated in the Dumont interior)
Patrick Favardin, Le style 50, un moment de l'art français, Paris, 1987, p. 53
Jean Royère décorateur à Paris, 
exh. cat., Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 1999, pp. 9, 41, 60-63, 70-71, 72 (for the present lot illustrated in the Dumont interior), 114-115, 122-123 and 161
Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère, Paris, 2002, pp. 45, 143, 210-211, 226-229, 231-233 and 266  
Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jean Royère, Paris, 2012, vol. I, pp. 6-7, 26-27, 31-32, 67-68, 80, 94-97, 100, 102-105, 107, 127, 142, 158, 160, 162, 172, 180, 218, 250 and 266, vol. II, pp.  6, 42, 83 and 239-241

Condition

Overall excellent condition. The sofa has been recently reupholstered in plush white alpaca consistent with the type of material that would have been used by Royere during the period. The upholstery is incredibly soft and comfortable and complements the sculptural quality of the sofa. Please contact the department for images of the reupholstery process showing the carcass wood with “DUMONT” inscription. The wooden feet are in excellent condition and present with only extremely minor surface scratches consistent with age. An impressively chic and iconic form by Royere.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Catalogue Note

This sofa is documented in the Jean Royère Archives, Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, tracing plan no. 10.725, ekatachrome no. 140 and photograph no. 1728. 
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