Charles–Honoré Lannuier (French, 17791819)
New York City
Mahogany; 32 7/8 x 22 1/8 x 19 in. (83.5 x 56.2 x 48.3 cm)
The Sylmaris Collection, Gift of George Coe Graves, 1931 (31.44.2)
Although the proportions of this chair are much broader than the set produced by Duncan Phyfe for William Bayard and the out-turned saber legs have been replaced by straight, turned and reeded supports, one can see a distinct similarity in the shape of the arms, the orientation of the double-cross scroll back, and the rendering of the carved crest rail. Whether Lannuier copied this design directly from Phyfe's work or another of their competitors remains to be seen. While the ubiquitous scroll-back chair survives in great abundance, this is the only example with a label.