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A LATE LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND PORCELAIN-MOUNTED MAHOGANY, AMARANTH AND EBONY-STRUNG SECRETAIRE A ABATTANT
A LATE LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND PORCELAIN-MOUNTED MAHOGANY, AMARANTH AND EBONY-STRUNG SECRETAIRE A ABATTANT
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A LATE LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND PORCELAIN-MOUNTED MAHOGANY, AMARANTH AND EBONY-STRUNG SECRETAIRE A ABATTANT

BY NICHOLAS LANNUIER, CIRCA 1790

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A LATE LOUIS XVI ORMOLU AND PORCELAIN-MOUNTED MAHOGANY, AMARANTH AND EBONY-STRUNG SECRETAIRE A ABATTANT
BY NICHOLAS LANNUIER, CIRCA 1790
The fall front inset with a Sevres porcelain panel opening to drawers and pigeonholes, with yellow chalk French & Co. inventory number 58253 and stenciled inventory number 91204, stamped N LANNUIER to top of back right leg, the porcelain possibly associated and reused
8 ¾ in (124 cm.) high, 46 ¼ in. (117.5 cm.) wide, 15 ¾ in. (40 cm.) deep
Provenance
With French & Co., New York, in 1954.
Acquired from Etienne Levy, Paris, in 1967.
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Nicolas Lannuier, maître in 1783.

Nicolas-Louis-Cyrille Lannuier started his career at a young age with the cabinet-maker Jean-Baptiste Cochois, whose workshop was near that of the celebrated ébéniste Roger Vandercruse (known as Lacroix), who worked almost exclusively for marchands-merciers such as Simon-Philippe Poirier.
After achieving his maîtrise, he rapidly developed his business as a marchand as well as an ébéniste. Based on the rue Saint-Thomas du Louvre, his workshop was evidently an important one, as an inventory valued the stock at 18,638 livres and his assets at 28,566 livres, a considerable amount for the period.
He specialized in meubles de luxe such as mechanical tables, cylinder bureaux, commodes and consoles desserte, all richly mounted with gilt-bronzes. His work falls broadly into two categories: a small number of pieces ornamented with highly refined marquetry of flowers, fruit and trophies, and a larger group of pieces characterized by a sober use of mahogany of high quality.

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