LA GALERIE JACQUES LACOSTE
Jacques Lacoste has been dealing in 20th-century decorative arts since 1997, and is renowned for rediscovering and promoting French designs from the 1930s and 1950s.
The Jacques Lacoste Gallery 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 extensively contributed to revealing Jean Royère’s innovative spirit and decorative fantasy through constant research, brought to the public 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. After many years of patient acquisitions, in 2008 Jacques Lacoste was invited by Sonnabend Gallery in New York, to present a selection of 80 exceptional pieces by the decorator, alongside the Patrick Seguin Gallery. In 2012 Jacques Lacoste published, also in collaboration with Patrick Seguin, a two-volume book on Jean Royère.
The Jacques Lacoste Gallery is keen to explore other areas. It has notably showcased the work of Max Ingrand, one of the greatest glass masters of his time. The gallery has been offering his lights and mirrors on a regular basis and gave him a show in 2009, while releasing the first monograph on his career.
Jacques Lacoste’s taste for the 1950s doubles with a strong interest in the modernist designers of the interwar period, who were influential predecessors. Thus the gallery offers furniture by Robert Mallet-Stevens, Pierre Chareau and René Herbst. Equally the 1930s are represented with designs by Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, Paul Dupré-Lafon, Jean Dunand and Jean-Michel Frank.
Besides the gallery has a particular interest in furniture designed by sculptors. It regularly offers works by Alberto and Diego Giacometti. During the 2016 edition of Design Miami/Basel the Jacques Lacoste Gallery unveiled to the public an exceptional bronze Books Chamber commissioned by publisher Marc Barbezat in the 1960s. Also at the intersection between sculpture and the decorative arts, are the powerfully expressive wooden pieces by Alexandre Noll, a unique figure in the postwar period.
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…