Mahogany, mahogany veneer; yellow poplar, white pine, brass, plaster
Overall: 101 3/4 x 63 x 25 3/4 in. ( 258.4 x 160 x 65.4 cm )
inscribed: under plaster bust, in script: "H. Lannuier/ New York"
French press or wardrobe, the top crowned by a broken pediment centering a classical painted plaster bust (of a Roman Magistrate?) on a fluted plinth. Replaced die-stamped brasss border on top molding of plinth. The underside of the cornice is reeded. The case with 2 cupboard doors, each having two panels with brass cove molding; corininthian columns at side; cast brass paw feet in front with carved knees.
Cabinetmaker Charles-Honoré Lannuier trained in Paris before relocating to New York in 1803. From 1804 until his death in 1819, he operated a shop at 60 Broad Street, among the city's thriving manufacturing and financial districts. This French press or wardrobe belonged to Garret Byvanck Abeel (1768-1820), a New York iron and hardware merchant, and his wife, Catherine Manchalk (d. 1832), who were married in 1794.
Gift of Mrs. William Hyde Wheeler
Garret Byvanck Abeel (1768-1820) and his wife, Catherine Manchalk (d. 1832), who were married in 1794; to their son John Howard Abeel (1815-1896), who married Catherine Emeline Strobell; she was the grandfather of Mrs. William Hyde Wheeler, the donor.
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