Pier table

Maker: Charles-Honoré Lannuier (France 1779–1819 New York)

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


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.