Pair of Corner Tables

Charles-Honoré Lannuier (1779-1819), New York, NY
Date: 1817
Maker: Charles-Honoré Lannuier (1779-1819), New York, NY
Dimensions: 35 5/8 H x 19 7/8 W x 19 7/8 D
Materials: Mahogany, mahogany veneers, eastern white pine, yellow poplar, cucumber tree, soft maple, cut brass inlays, ormolu, gilt, and vert antique decoration

Label affixed to inside of top apron on table 2: Hre. Lannuier./Cabinet Maker from Paris/Kips is [sic] Wharehouse of/new fashion fourniture [sic]/Broad Street, No 60,/New-York./Hre. Lannuier/Ebéniste de Paris/Tient Fabrique & Magasin de Meubles/les plus à la Mode,/New-York.

Credit: Gift of Justine Van Rensselaer Barber (Mrs. Roger) Hooper, great granddaughter of Stephen Van Rensselaer, IV
Accession Number: 1960.

These two tables are thought to have originally been a single pier table that was later cut in half to form two corner tables or encoineurs. At the time these tables were made, French styles in furniture and furnishings were in vogue in America. The maker, Charles-Honoré Lannuier, a French émigré, brought with him an excellent knowledge of current fashions and contacts in the Parish trades who supplied him with superior decorative elements for his furniture. The use of swans as caryatids (figural supports for the table top) is relatively rare in Lannuier's work.