JEAN ROYERE (1902-1981)
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JEAN ROYERE (1902-1981)


JEAN ROYERE (1902-1981)
straw marquetry, oak
10 in. (25.4 cm.) high; 49 ½ in. (125.8 cm.) wide; 25 ¾ in. (63.5 cm.) deep
Private collection, France;
Sotheby's Paris, 25 November 2014, lot 74;
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
For other examples of this model:
Y. Americ, Intérieur le Mobilier Français 1945-1964, Paris, 1983, p. 39;
Exhibition catalogue, Jean Royère, Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, p. 59;
Exhibition catalogue, Jean Royère Decorateur à Paris, Musée des Arts
Decoratifs, Paris, 2000, p. 63;
J. Lacoste, P. Seguin, Jean Royère, Paris, 2012, vol. I, pp. 46, 49, 216-218, vol. II,
p. 58;
P.-E. Martin-Vivier, Jean Royère , Paris, 2017, p. 157.
Special notice
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Lot Essay

The 'Flaque' design initially appeared in 1947 when Royère designed a coffee
table for his mother's apartment at 234 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The
frst of his biomorphic pieces, the motif evolved over time. While early versions
featured opaline and marble tops supported by perforated shield-shaped
legs, Royère exhibited a more mature example of the model at the Salon des
Artistes Décorateurs in 1954, sheathed in straw marquetry with inlaid celestial
stars. The fresh design aesthetic, as displayed in the present table, continues
to arrest and captivate the eye. The table has become a signature piece in
Royère's oeuvre.

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