About This Artwork

Charles-Honoré Lannuier
American, born France, 1779-1819

Card Table, c. 1815

Mahogany with rosewood veneer, giltwood, brass and ebony inlay, ormolu
74.9 x 91.1 x 45.1 cm (29 1/8 x 35 7/8 x 17 3/4 in.)
Inscribed on the engraved label on the underside of the table top: "Hre. Lannuier Cabinet Maker from Paris Kips [H]is Whare house of new fashion fourniture Broad Street, No. 60, New-York./ Hre. Lannuier Ebèniste, de Paris Tient Fabrique & Magasin de Meubles les Plus à la Mode, New-York."

Gift of Jamee J. and Marshall Field; Pauline Armstrong Endowment, 1994.712

Trained as a cabinet-maker in Paris, Charles-Honoré Lannuier arrived in New York in 1803 at the age of twenty-four. His older brother was already well established as the owner of a successful confectionary shop on Broadway and from there the young furniture maker first advertised his services to all potential clients who desired furniture in the “latest French fashion.” Early-nineteenth-century America was much enamored with French taste, and Lannuier successfully catered to his upscale clientele, tempering his designs to suit their preference even while he retained a distinctive French flair. One of a group of similar card tables, this example shares many of their decorative and design elements, including a winged caryatid central support, a Lannuier trademark.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Publication History

“Sotheby’s Sale of Americana Scheduled for October 23,” Antiques and The Arts Weekly, (Oct. 14, 1994), p. 57I (ill.).

“Sotheby’s Sunday Americana Sale Brings $2,618,475,” (Dec. 1994), p. 1D (ill.).

Eleanor H. Gustafson, “Museum Accessions,” Magazine Antiques 147, 5 (May 1995), pp. 86-89 (ill.).

“Important Works and New Galleries at Art Institute,” Antiques and Auction News 26, 12 (Mar. 24, 1995), p. 28 (ill.).

“Newly Installed Galleries and Recent Acquisitions,” American Art Review 7, 2 (Apr./May 1995), pp. 86–89 (ill.).

Ruth Kotz, “Currents; How do Museums Acquire their Pieces?” Classic Home (Summer 1995), pp. 22–26, 125 (ill.)

“Paris in America,” Antiques and The Arts Weekly, (Oct. 28, 1998), p. 101J (ill.).

Judith A. Barter et al, American Arts at The Art Institute of Chicago: From Colonial Times to World War I (Chicago: The Art Institute of Chicago, 1998), pp.128-131, no. 52.

Brandy S. Culp, “Card Table,” Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 30, 1 (2004), pp. 6-7 (color ills.).

Ownership History

Rosemary Crane Hastings, New York and Rainthorpe Hall, Norfold, England, c. 1815. Sotheby’s, New York, by 1994; sold to the Art Institute of Chicago, 1994.




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