Lot 1154
  • 1154

Very Fine and Rare Classical Figured and Ormulu-Mounted Mahogany Bureau, Charles Honoré Lannuier, New York, 1810-1815

60,000 - 80,000 USD
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  • mahogany
  • Height 39 in. by Width 48 in. by Depth 24 in.
stamped with estampille four times, on top of each of the rear stiles and on the left and right ends of the wooden top below the marble: H. LANNUIER / NEW- YORK; appears to retain its original marble top.


Sotheby's New York, Fine American Furniture, Folk Art and Oriental Rugs, October 26, 1985, sale 5376, lot 39;
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York.


New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Honoré Lannuier Parisian Cabinetmaker in Federal New York, March 17 - June 14, p. 203, cat no. 45.


Kenny, Peter, Bretter, Frances, and Ulrich Leben. Honoré Lannuier, Cabinetmaker from Paris: The Life and Work of a French Ébeniste in Federal New York. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998), cat. 45, p. 203.


Drawer pulls and escutcheon to top drawer are replaced.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

Catalogue Note

Stamped four times H. LANNUIER / NEW – YORK, this bureau was made by Charles- Honoré Lannuier (1779-1819) in le gout antique, an early 19th century style that favored heavier architectural forms with ornamentation inspired by ancient furniture excavated from archaeological sites.  It is one of the few known case pieces by Lannuier that survives. In keeping with his practice, it is made of the finest quality mahogany veneers with elaborate cast brass ornamentation and an original white Carrara marble top, which he had shipped at high cost from Italy. The bureau was included in the exhibition catalogue Honoré Lannuier, Cabinetmaker from Paris: The Life and Work of a French Ébeniste in Federal New York by Peter Kenny, Frances Bretter and Ulrich Leben. Very few pieces of New York furniture in le gout antique are known and nearly all are by Lannuier. Two other related mahogany bureaus by Lannuier in this style were included in the Lannuier exhibition and illustrated in the accompanying catalogue. One with two partial printed labels in a private collection similarly displays vibrant mahogany veneers, brass foliate-cast capitals, escutcheons and a white Carrara marble top.1 It rests atop carved animal paw feet and retains original brass lion’s-mask drawer pulls.  The second bureau was also stamped four times with the same stamp as the present example.2 It was made with doors, paw feet, and the brass lion’s-mask pulls as well as the same brass capitals and escutcheons as this bureau.

For eight additional examples of mahogany furniture in Lannuier’s le gout antique oeuvre, see a bedstead in a private collection bearing the same four stamps;3 a card table at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with his stamp on the front rail;4 and a nearly identical table at Winterthur Museum stamped twice and owned by Dolly Madison as part of the White House furnishings.5  Four pier tables with stamped and printed labels include two in private collections, one in the collection of the White House, and another on loan to the White House.6 A pier table that is nearly identical to the one in the collection of the White House is attributed to Lannuier.7 It was owned by Byam Kerby Stevens and his wife Frances Gallatin, who married in 1830.

1 See Peter Kenny, Frances Bretter, and Ulrich Leben, Honoré Lannuier, Cabinetmaker from Paris: The Life and Work of a French Ébeniste in Federal New York (New York, 1998), p. 23 and 202, plate 9, cat. 44.
2 See ibid, p. 203, cat. 46.
3 See ibid, p. 198, cat. 2.
4 See ibid, p. 205, cat. 53 and p. 179, pl. 94.
5 See ibid, p. 206, cat. 54 and p. 74, pl. 31.
6 See ibid, p. 215, cat. 92 and p. 73, pl. 30; p. 216, cat. 95 and p. 167, pl. 84; p. 216, cat. 94 and p. 68, pl. 28; and p. 215, cat. 93 and p. 162, pl. 79.
7 See p. 216, cat. 96.