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Varnished Lemon-Tree Circular Table by Jean Royère, circa 1950



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 with a circular gilt bronze ring. The table stands on a base set off with three large sabots in gilt bronze. Provenance : Private collection, South of France. Literature : - « Maison Franc¸aise » n°47, mai 1951, similar model reproduced p. 5.


  • Creator
    Jean Royère (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29.14 in. (74 cm)Diameter: 53.15 in. (135 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Condition
    Very good overall condition. Minor and light scratches on the coat of the varnished due to the use.
  • Seller Location
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5269219148832

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    Ships From: Saint-Ouen, France
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About the Designer

Jean Royère

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.Find vintage Jean Royère tables, storage cabinets and other furniture today on 1stDibs.
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