LA GALERIE JACQUES LACOSTE
Jacques Lacoste has been involved in the dealing of 20th-century decorative arts since 1997, and is renowned for rediscovering and promoting French designs from the 1930s up until the 1950s.
Galerie Jacques Lacoste boasts a considerable archive and is therefore the go-to place for information on the works of Jean Royère. This archive comprises over 10,000 documents, including numerous plans, drawings and original photographs, which bear witness to the decorator’s tireless activity. The gallery has contributed extensively to revealing Jean Royère’s innovative spirit and decorative fantasy through constant research, brought to the public eye through regular exhibitions and publications.
In 1999 the gallery dedicated its first exhibition to Jean Royère, before contributing to the publication of a monograph in 2003. In 2008, following many years of patient acquisitions, Jacques Lacoste was invited by the Sonnabend Gallery in New York to present a selection of 80 exceptional pieces by the decorator , alongside Galerie Patrick Seguin. Then, in 2012, Jacques Lacoste published a two-volume-set book on Jean Royère in collaboration with Patrick Seguin.
Galerie Jacques Lacoste is also keen to explore other (artistic) areas. Notably, it has showcased the work of Max Ingrand, one of the great glass masters of his time. The gallery has been displaying Ingrand’s lights and mirrors on a regular basis, curating an exhibition in 2009, while simultaneously releasing the first monograph of his career.
Jacques Lacoste’s taste for the 1950s coincides with a strong interest in the modernist designers of the interwar period, who were influential predecessors. Thus, the gallery offers works/pieces by Robert Mallet-Stevens, Pierre Chareau and René Herbst while the 1930s are equally represented by the designs of Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, Paul Dupré-Lafon, Jean Dunand and Jean-Michel Frank.
Besides this, the gallery has a particular interest in furniture designed by sculptors, regularly offering works by Alberto and Diego Giacometti. During the 2016 edition of Design Miami/Basel, Galerie Jacques Lacoste unveiled an exceptional bronze Chambres à livres (Book Chamber), commissioned by publisher Marc Barbezat in the 1960s. A unique figure in the postwar period, Alexandre Noll’s powerfully expressive wooden pieces also display the perfect balance of sculpture and decorative art.
A member of the Compagnie Nationale des Experts, Jacques Lacoste offers works by Jean Royère, Max Ingrand, Alexandre Noll, Georges Jouve, Serge Mouille, Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, Diego and Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, Valentine Schlegel, Jean-Michel Frank, Pierre Chareau, Paul Dupré-Lafon, Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, Jean Dunand…