In 1954, Mr and Mrs X, the parents of the current vendor, realised plans to build a house a few kilometers away from Charleville Meziere, in north-east France. Long admirers of the luxurious furniture and decorations that graced the Faubourg Saint Honoré gallery of Jean Royère, the sculptural and organic ensemble that Royère created remained untouched and is offered here in its original condition.
Several period photographs, the majority showing views of the living room, suggest that Jean Royère might have created the entire interior design of the house.
This exceptional collection, unique for both the quality and quantity of the commission, presents iconic pieces by one of the most important 20th century designers. It includes, to our knowledge, never before seen pieces at auction, such as the Diabolo wall sconces, and the desk, known hitherto only with its lamps.
As René Chavance noted ‘The inventive powers of a creative artist are revealed in the clarity with which they interpret a single theme ... Jean Royère was undoubtedly one of the masters [of this].’