Nationality & Life Dates:
(American, born France, working 1803 – 1819), New York
Mahogany, gilt gesso, and gilt bronze
30 x 36 1/2 x 18 1/4 inches
Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Endowment
On View - Stent Family Wing, Second Level, Gallery 207
The robust winged figure and extended lion paws that animate this table exemplify the taste for French design that took hold in America after the Revolution. The attraction became particularly strong after 1803, when Napoleon crowned himself emperor of France. Craftsmen such as Charles-Honoré Lannuier, the French immigrant who made this card table in New York, adopted the motifs of French Neoclassicism, which took on a Greek and Egyptian flavor as a result of Napoleon’s military campaign in Egypt.