1998 · New York
by Kenny, Peter M. with Frances F. Bretter and Ulrich Leben
New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. Softcover. NF/NF. Color-illustrated wraps with gold/black lettering on turmeric spine. 272 pp. with 101 color plates, 137 bw illustrations. Catalogue to accompany the exhibition, "Honore Lannuier, Parisian Cabinetmaker in Federal New York," shown at The Met from March - June 1998. Although his brief but productive career as a cabinetmaker in New York lasted a mere sixteen years, the French-born maitre ebeniste Charles-Honore Lannuier (1779-1819) was a leading figure in the development of a distinctive and highly refined style of furniture in the Late Federal period. A contemporary of the renowned master Duncan Phyfe, Lannuier, like him, made fashionable gilded card tables, marble-topped pier tables, bedsteads, and seating furniture for wealthy clients numbering among the mercantile and social elite of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Richmond, and Savannah. This volume, which complements the exhibition "Honore Lannuier, Parisian Cabinetmaker in Federal New York" held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in spring 1998, represents the most complete study of Lannuier's life and work published to date. Contents as follows: Foreword /; John K. Howat --; Preface /; Peter M. Kenny --; Ch. 1.; Charles-Honore Lannuier's Origins in France: From Chantilly and Paris to New York /; Ulrich Leben --; Ch. 2.; Lannuier's Life and Work in New York, 1803-19 /; Peter M. Kenny --; Ch. 3.; Lannuier's Clients in America: A Taste for French Style /; Frances F. Bretter --; Ch. 4.; The Essence of Lannuier: Connoisseurship of His Known Work /; Peter M. Kenny --; Catalogue /; Peter M. Kenny and Frances F. Bretter. The catalogue is very thoroughly annotated and documents 125 of Lannuier's works, arranged chronologically. With 9 appendices.
(Inventory #: 170224)