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Pier table

Maker:
Charles-Honoré Lannuier (1779–1819)
Date:
1815–19
Geography:
Made in New York, New York, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Rosewood veneer, gilded gesso, brass, white metal, marble, glass with mahogany, ash, white pine, yellow poplar
Dimensions:
36 x 49 1/2 x 22 in. (91.4 x 125.7 x 55.9 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1953
Accession Number:
53.181a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 726
The gilded caryatids on this example make it the most overtly Grecian of Lannuier's square pier tables. Based on the carved marble figures of the Erechtheum on the Acropolis in Athens, the caryatids were cast in lead and treated with a gilded surface. They may have been made in a mold taken from a French bronze lighting device of a type similar in quality to the imported bronze clocks that Lannuier is known to have sold in his store. The gilded surface of the paw feet, brass ornaments along the apron, and rosettes along the base complement the figures in a pleasing manner.
Inscription: stamped on each of the four front corner blocks: H. LANNUIER / NEW YORK; printed label on the back above the mirror: Hre. Lannuier / Cabinet Maker from Paris / Kips is Whare house. of / new fashion fourniture / Broad Street, No. 60, / New York / Hre. Lannuier / Ebeniste de Paris / Tient Fabrique & / Magazine de Meubles / les plus a la Mode, / New York
Ginsburg and Levy Inc., New York, until 1953
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