Trained as a cabinet-maker in Paris, Charles-Honoré Lannuier arrived in New York in 1803 at the age of twenty-four. His older brother was already well established as the owner of a successful confectionary shop on Broadway and from there the young furniture maker first advertised his services to all potential clients who desired furniture in the “latest French fashion.” Early-nineteenth-century America was much enamored with French taste, and Lannuier successfully catered to his upscale clientele, tempering his designs to suit their preference even while he retained a distinctive French flair. One of a group of similar card tables, this example shares many of their decorative and design elements, including a winged caryatid central support, a Lannuier trademark.


  • Title: Card Table
  • Creator: Charles-Honoré Lannuier
  • Date Created: About 1815
  • Physical Dimensions: 74.9 × 91.1 × 45.1 cm (29 1/8 × 35 7/8 × 17 3/4 in.)
  • Type: Furniture
  • External Link: The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Media: Mahogany with rosewood veneer, giltwood, brass and ebony inlay, ormolu
  • Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Jamee J. and Marshall Field; Pauline Armstrong Endowment, 1994.712
  • Artist: Charles-Honoré Lannuier (American, born France, 1779–1819)

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