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Jean Royère Furniture

French, 1902-1981

World traveler, polyglot and avant-garde visionary Jean Royère (1902–81) is one of the biggest names in French mid-century design. He was fascinated by different materials, such as raffia and zebrawood, and aesthetics from around the world, from Scandinavian modernism to the traditions of the Middle East. Owing to this venturesome spirit, Royère produced an eclectic body of work that truly doesn’t fit a singular style. One light fixture might have organic shapes reminiscent of Art Nouveau, while a table would be crafted with minimalist straw marquetry.

Born in Paris, Royère studied classics at Cambridge University and then worked for an import-export company. In 1931, he switched gears to design, studying cabinetmaking in the workshops of Faubourg Saint-Antoine and furniture making under the tutelage of Pierre Gouffé. He made his debut in interior design in 1934 when he won a design contest for the brasserie in the Hotel Carlton on the Champs-Élysées.

Royère’s most famous piece of furniture was his biomorphic Boule sofa, sometimes playfully called the Ours Polaire, or Polar Bear. Designed for his mother in 1947, the curved sofa with its fuzzy white velvet shocked the French interior design world when it was displayed at the Art et Industrie exhibition, but it proved enduringly popular with customers, such as the Shah of Iran, who purchased several for his daughter. Royère would continue to design furniture and interiors for an elite clientele, including the kings of Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Royère retired in 1972, then moved to the United States in 1980. After he died a year later, his archives were given to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. His works continue to be highly coveted — Kanye West, for instance, once tweeted that the Polar Bear sofa is his favorite piece of furniture. In 2016, Galerie Patrick Seguin in Paris opened a retrospective of his distinctive designs, from the plush 1943 Eléphanteau chair to the 1963 Tour Eiffel table with its elegant metal supports.

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Creator:Jean Royère
Jean Royère, Plant Stand
By Jean Royère
Located in San Francisco, CA
A plant stand made of iron, with three spots for planters.
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1950s French Vintage Jean Royère Furniture

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Iron

Set of Three Nesting Tables Attributed to Jean Royère
By Jean Royère
Located in Miami, FL
Set of three nesting tables attributed to Jean Royère dimensions: 1) 17 inches L, 12 inches W, 15 inches H 2) 19 inches L, 12 inches W, 17 inches H 3) 21 inches L, 12 inches W, 18 in...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jean Royère Furniture

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Iron

Pair Modernist Royere Gouffe Cerused Oak Wall Shelf Deco, 1930s, France
By Maison Gouffé, Jean Royère
Located in New York, NY
Pair Royere Gouffe cerused oak wall shelf deco, 1930s, France Beautiful cerused wall shelf with an interesting shape. The shelf is a good example of timeless design. This shelf was ...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean Royère Furniture

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Oak

Royere Gouffe Cerused Oak Pair of Nightstand or Side Tables, France, 1930
By Maison Gouffé, Jean Royère
Located in New York, NY
Royere Gouffe Cerused oak pair of nightstand or side tables, deco midcentury, France, 1930 Amazing rare Royere tables. Cerused oak. Adds elegance to any decor. One has Gouffe tag....
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean Royère Furniture

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Oak

Lamp
By Jean Royère
Located in Paris, FR
Table lamp "Cage" with eight braced branches in square section in gold-patinated iron.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jean Royère Furniture

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Iron

Jean Royere Coffee Table
By Jean Royère
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Modernist Art Deco coffee table by Jean Royere, 1937, in black rosewood and satinwood, made by Goufe. Documented. 47" long x 17" deep x 20" high. Woodburn brand by Gouffe (a c...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean Royère Furniture

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Rosewood, Satinwood

Varnished Lemon-Tree Circular Table by Jean Royère, circa 1950
By Jean Royère
Located in Paris, FR
Varnished Lemon-tree circular table by Jean Royère, circa 1950. The wing-shaped circular top stands on a central foot composed of three spindle-shaped columns. Each column is set wi...
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1950s French Vintage Jean Royère Furniture

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Bronze

Club Armchair
By Jean Royère
Located in Paris, FR
Club armchair circa 1937 with straight slanted back and full arms with rounded cuffs on a cubic sycamore corner base. Fully upholstered in a sand-colored fabric by Pierre Frey.
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1930s French Vintage Jean Royère Furniture

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Fabric, Sycamore

Jean Royère Serving Trolley Gilded Metal Mirrored Glass, 1950
By Jean Royère
Located in Paris, FR
Rare serving trolley by Jean Royère in gilded iron with mirrored glass made circa 1950. Glittering in an antiqued gold gilt finish, this iron craft bar cart adds a glam twist which m...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jean Royère Furniture

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Metal

Jean Royère Mahogany Credenza / Console
By Jean Royère
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Jean Royère mahogany Credenza cabinet console purchased at auction with integrated bar detail and impeccable pedigree.
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20th Century French Jean Royère Furniture

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Mahogany

French Oak Dining Table with Extension Leaves by Jean Royere
By Jean Royère
Located in Atlanta, GA
A rare french oak dining table designed by Jean Royere circa 1955 as part of his "Sculpture" series. It featured a dramatically rounded legs of solid oak and a removable top. The des...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Jean Royère Furniture

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Brass

Royere Gouffe Cerused Oak Daybed Deco, France, 1930s-1940s Midcentury
By Maison Gouffé, Jean Royère
Located in New York, NY
Royere Gouffe cerused oak daybed deco, France, 1930s-1940s midcentury Amazing rare pair of daybeds designed by Royere and made by Maison Gouffe. In lovely original condition. Pa...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean Royère Furniture

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Oak

Jennifer Rutherford Biodegradable Sustainable Lamp by Glowdog in Bioplastic 3D
By Jean Royère
Located in London, GB
Jennifer Rutherford. “The distinctly feminine design of our Jennifer Rutherford lamp possesses an endearing elegance that oozes class into any room of the house. The gentle light th...
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2010s British Tulu Jean Royère Furniture

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Plastic

French Mid-Century Modern "Croissilon" Sideboard / Credenza by Jean Royere, 1940
By Jean Royère
Located in New York, NY
A rare French Mid-Century Modern sideboard, credenza or cabinet by Jean Royere, circa 1940-1950. The sideboard is composed of a sober underlying hardwood structure with an elegant...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Jean Royère Furniture

Jean Royere "Croisillon" Cabinet
By Jean Royère
Located in New York, NY
Jean Royere "Croisillon" cabinet, circa 1930. Wood and mirror.  
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1930s French Vintage Jean Royère Furniture

Materials

Mirror, Wood

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Jean Royère furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Jean Royère furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of Jean Royère furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 13 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also a modern edition to choose from. Many of Jean Royère's original furniture was created in the mid-century modern style in Europe during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Louis Sognot, François Monnet and Felix Agostini. Prices for Jean Royère furniture can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $612 and tops out at $112,165, while pieces like these can sell for on average $35,000.

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