This 12-light chandelier by Jean Royère is extremely rare in these proportions. Sketches and blueprints for this chandelier can be found in the Royère archives at MAD, Paris. Comparable models are illustrated in the various works devoted to the artist.
Born into a wealthy French family, Royère (1902-1981) embarked on his design career rather late. In 1931, at age 29, he went to learn his new profession in the cabinetmaking workshops of the Faubourg Saint-Antoine in Paris. Just a few years later, he was deemed an international design sensation—a stature he would hold until the 1970s. His clients included luminaries like King Farouk, King Hussein of Jordan, the Shah of Iran, among many more.
Height: 103 cm, 40 1/2 in