The latest styles in European furniture arrived in colonial and Federal America by three principal means: pattern books of engraved furniture designs, imported high-style objects, and skilled immigrant craftsmen. This exquisite table, a nearly pure rendition of French Consulate (1799-1804) design, was made in New York by one of the most important of these immigrant craftsmen, Charles-Honoré Lannuier. Trained as a cabinetmaker in Paris in the tumultuous aftermath of the French Revolution, Lannuier came to New York City in 1803 and distinguished himself as the city's resident ébéniste de Paris until his untimely death at the age of forty in 1819.
Inscription: incised: H.LANNUIER / NEW-YORK; engraved on label inside drawer: HONORE LANNUIER / CABINET MAKER / (FROM PARIS) / Keeps his Ware-house and Manufactory / AND CABINET WARE OF THE / NEWEST FASHION, / AT No. 60 BROAD-STREET / HONORE LANNUIER / EBENISTE / (DE PARIS) / LIENT SON MAGASIN / DE MEUBLES, LES PLUS / A-LA MODE, / BROAD-STREET No. 60 / NEW-YORK; engraved on label [in script]: Sypher & Co. / Successors to D. Marley / Antiques & Articles of Vertu / 139 & 141 Broadway.N.York
Benjamin Flayderman, Boston; W. Colston Leigh, New York, until 1946; sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 9 Feb. 1946, no. 159