Jean Royère’s Nesting Tables

On 28 June 2021, by Anne Doridou-Heim

Pieces by this leading designer of the 1930s to 1950s are as popular as ever.

Jean Royère (1902-1981), three nesting tables with four square tubular legs in gilt iron and rectangular gilt oxidized eglomized glass tops, 42 x 54 x 30 cm/16.5 x 21.3 x 11.8 in, 40 x 50 x 30 cm/15.7 x 19.7 x 11.8 in and 38 x 46 x 30 cm/15 x 18.1 x 11.8 in.
Result: €109,220

In the early 1930s, 29-year-old Jean Royère switched careers to become an interior designer. This was a glorious time for the decorative arts and the quest for beauty and luxury. Royère’s unconventional style free-spiritedly combining bold colors, organic contours and precious materials was an almost overnight success. At the 1937 Universal Exhibition he was celebrated as one of the most creative minds of the moment. The 1950s brought even more acclaim. The whole world asked for his services, from chic, wealthy East Coast Americans to King Farouk of Egypt and the shah of Iran, who commissioned him to design a screening room in 1958. Royère even opened up offices in South America and the Near East. Circle, lattice and chevron patterns were his trademark, turning up in the tiniest details of the decoration, but he also designed simpler, more rectilinear though always elegant pieces, like these three gilt iron nesting tables with square tubular legs, which fetched €109,220.

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