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Nicolas-Louis Cyrille Lannuier (maître 1786) was born 1766-67 into an industrious family of cabinet makers and entrepreneurs. His uncle was the well-established Parisian ébéniste Jean-Charles Cochois, whilst his youngest brother was to become the celebrated Franco-American ébéniste Honoré Lannuier. Nicolas grew up in Chantilly to the north of Paris before moving with his family to Paris in the early 1780's. He retained a strong connection to Chantilly and to the resident Prince de Condé, Louis XVI’s cousin, throughout his early career. This connection explains the commission that he supplied to the Prince in 1786 for 5,000 livres worth of furniture. Unfortunately the exact commission has been lost, however, the present offered lot's refined construction and sophisticated mechanism would have been the most commercial and desirable of his output at that time. Apart from the Prince de Condé, Lannuier had one other royal client namely the Comte de Provence later Louis XVIII. Again nothing is known of this commission other than that the Comte patronised many Parisian ébénistes to accommodate his lavish lifestyle including Lannuier. Furniture from Lannuier’s workshop is characterised by fine mahogany veneers and brass inlays enclosing narrow mahogany fillets. From early on Lanniuer understood the importance of self-promotion and often attached small adverts into his furniture to encourage business amongst the admiring public as seen on the offered piece.
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