A wood sofa by Jean Royère sold 397.000 euros…

You will certainly ask yourself if it is possible to buy a sofa 397.999 euros? Because it certainly must be a golden one! Well, it’s almost a golden one, it’s a Jean Royère one so let’s say it’s a privilege to have it at home.

The story of the sofa

This Jean Royère sofa is called ‘Ours polaire’. It’s a ‘canapé boule’ with original light grey upholstery bought in 1954 by a couple who has been long admirers of the luxurious furniture and decorations that graced the Faubourg Saint Honoré gallery of designer Jean Royère. The sculptural and organic ensemble that Royère created for this French couple remained untouched and was offered in its original condition.

Jean Royère: a passionate designer 

In 1931, aged 29, Jean Royère (1902-1981) decided to resign from a comfortable position in the import-export trade to set up his own company in the interior design business. After spending years in the cabinetmaking workshops of the Faubourg Saint-Antoine in Paris, he signed the new layout of the Brasserie Carlton on the Champs Elysées and found immediate success. French celebrities such as René Chavance said about Royère: ‘The inventive powers of a creative artist are revealed in the clarity with which they interpret a single theme. Jean Royère was undoubtedly one of the masters of this.’

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