Fine New York Classical Mahogany French Press

possibly shop of Honore Lannuier, circa 1815, French press or linen press, removable cornice with pitch pediment and fluted corners, over two highly figured double paneled doors, flanked by stop fluted columns, the finely fitted interior with six linen slides and five drawers, drawers set with original gilt brass federal eagle decorated pulls, resting on carved lion's paw feet, paneled back and sides, panels with gilt surrounds, doors with brass and steel locking mechanism, bolt stamped "W Pye", illegible pencil inscription to interior bottom board, 93 x 58 x 26 in.

Note: A nearly identical French press, probably the mate to this example, is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. See Peter Kenny, Honore Lannuier: Cabinetmaker from Paris, page 72, figure 33. The example offered here is illustrated in Katherine Gross Farnham, “Living with Antiques: The Gordon-Banks House in the Georgia Piedmont,” The Magazine Antiques, 102, no. 3 (September 1972): p. 438.

Provenance:This press is illustrated in an advertisement for Fred J. Johnston Antiques in Kingston, New York, probably from the magazine Antiques, date unknown (ad accompanies lot); The Estate of William N. Banks, Jr., Newnan, Georgia


some cracks and warping to door panels (interior quarter round panel moldings replaced), some minor patches and one area of infill to interior case sides, patched hole in one backboard and patched cuts in back of two drawers, top boards of case reset, repaired cracks to case sides with some finish distress and retouch, some small patches at door frames, scattered mildew, especially at interior, other scattered minor patches and small repairs, surface distress, some scratches and abrasions, gilt door escutcheons probably original

Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000
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