French designer Jean Royère (1902–1981) glamour interiors appealed to clients like the Shah of Iran, while his spirited wall lamps and voluptuous seating continue to captivate discerning collectors around the world. Middle East-era Royére has become highly coveted. As a designer whose work was never produced in quantity, Jean Royère has developed a reputation as the smart collector’s collectible.

In 1931, aged 29, Jean Royère resigned from a comfortable position in the import-export trade in order to set up business as an interior designer. He learnt his new trade in the cabinetmaking workshops of the Faubourg Saint-Antoine in Paris. In 1934, he signed the new layout of the Brasserie Carlton on the Champs Elysées and found immediate success. This was the beginning of an international career that was to last until the early 1970s. He also designed the interior for the Hôtel Saint-Georges in Beirut,Lebanon. A key figure of the Avant-garde in the 1950s, Royère tackled all kinds of decoration work and opened branches in the Near East and Latin America. Among his patrons were King Farouk, King Hussein of Jordan, and the Shah of Iran, who were captivated by his freedom of creation and his elegance and entrusted him with the layout of their palaces. Royère pioneered an original style combining bright colors, organic forms and precious materials within a wide range of imaginative accomplishments. In 1980, he left France for the United States, where he lived until his death.

From the beginning, XXe Siècle Gallery focused quite naturally on the furniture of Jean Royère. The famous designer had indeed produced all the furniture for his projects in the Middle East from Beirut. In ten years, XXe Siècle became the owner of the largest collection of furniture by Royère in the region. XXe Siècle has obtained several world records in auctions with the creations of the French designer. These works are now part of the largest collections around the world. Today our expertise is taken into considerataion on all his furniture coming from the Middle East.

Jean ROYERE Daybed in oak wood, France, 1940

Jean ROYERE Daybed in oak wood, France, 1940

Desk in rosewood and bronze, armchair in white foal, France, 1950

Desk in rosewood and bronze, armchair in white foal, France, 1950