About this artwork
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.
- Charles-Honoré Lannuier
- Card Table
- New York
- Mahogany with rosewood veneer, giltwood, brass and ebony inlay, ormolu
- 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."
- 74.9 × 91.1 × 45.1 cm (29 1/8 × 35 7/8 × 17 3/4 in.)
- Gift of Jamee J. and Marshall Field; Pauline Armstrong Endowment