Research: Luce Center for American Art

Pier Table
Accession #41.1
Maker Charles-Honoré Lannuier
TitlePier Table
Dateca. 1815-1819
MediumMarble, rosewood, ormolu, gesso
Dimensions36 x 55 7/8 x 21 1/4 in. (91.4 x 141.9 x 54.6 cm)
Credit LineGift of the Pierrepont Family
LocationAmerican Identities: Colony to Nation / Inventing American Landscape
DescriptionPier table, white marble top supported by rosewood veneer frame, applied ormolu (bronze gilt) wreaths on each corner, back of table has inset looking glass, skirting of table is supported by two gesso winged classical figures, resting on concave shelf which is supported by two gesso dolphin heads. Condition: Good

Curatorial Remarks:

Charles-Honoré Lannuier was a Parisian-trained ébéniste, or cabinetmaker, who emigrated in 1803 and became one of the leading furniture makers in New York. After the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, anti-English sentiment made French goods especially appealing to Americans. Lannuier imported French pattern books to keep abreast of the latest Napoleonic style, evidenced here by the robustly carved and gilded caryatid supports, carved dolphin feet, and elaborate gilt-bronze mounts. These forms derive from illustrations in Pierre de La Mésangère's Collection de Meubles et Objets de Goût.