Pier Table

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 40 3/4 W x 19 1/8 D
Materials: Mahogany, mahogany veneers, eastern white pine, soft maple, yellow poplar, brass inlays, ormolu, vert antique, and gilt decoration
Paper label on inside of rear rail at center: 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 Stephen Van Rensselaer Crosby
Accession Number: 1957.70.9

At the time this table was made, French styles in furniture and furnishings were in vogue in America. The maker, Charles-Honoré Lannuier, was a French émigré who 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. This table was commissioned by William Bayard, Sr., of New York as a part of a wedding set for his daughter Maria Bayard and her husband Duncan Pearsall Campbell. Bayard probably commissioned a similar pier table for his other daughter, Harriet Bayard, who married Stephen Van Rensselaer IV of Albany in 1817.