A French Louis XV ormolu-mounted kingwood, tulipwood and amaranth table à écrire by Roger Vandercruse, R.V.L.C dit Lacroix
Lot 41
A French Louis XV ormolu-mounted kingwood, tulipwood and amaranth table à écrire by Roger Vandercruse, R.V.L.C dit Lacroix
£50,000 - 80,000
US$ 78,000 - 130,000

Lot Details
A French Louis XV ormolu-mounted kingwood, tulipwood and amaranth table à écrire by Roger Vandercruse, R.V.L.C dit Lacroix A French Louis XV ormolu-mounted kingwood, tulipwood and amaranth table à écrire by Roger Vandercruse, R.V.L.C dit Lacroix A French Louis XV ormolu-mounted kingwood, tulipwood and amaranth table à écrire by Roger Vandercruse, R.V.L.C dit Lacroix
A French Louis XV ormolu-mounted kingwood, tulipwood and amaranth table à écrire by Roger Vandercruse, R.V.L.C dit Lacroix
the rectangular top inlaid with a bois de bout foliate spray, above a leather-inset writing slide with small shell handle, the side with a small drawer fitted with an ink pot, an old paper label to the inside describing the table as being stamped to the underside of the carcass, raised on cabriole legs each headed by a foliate clasp, joined by a lower platform stretcher, on scrolling cast sabots, 42.5cm wide, 32cm deep, 69cm high (16 1/2in wide, 12 1/2in deep, 27in high).

Footnotes

  • Roger Vandercruse, dit Lacroix, Maître in 1755

    An identical table stamped RVLC sold Sotheby's New York, 10 November 2006, lot 63 (with provenance : New York Private Collection, Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, October 23, 1964, lot 340).

    RVLC was prolific in his production of small tables and two comparables to the present lot are illustrated in Pradère (p. 288, figs. 311-312).
    The first example (fig.311) shows identical ormolu corner mounts and sabots to the present table.

    Similarities can be found between the oeuvres of RVLC dit Lacroix and Bernard van Risamburgh. This table à écrire presents characteristics that allow to illustrate this point. It is almost identical in design to a small table stamped BVRB, illustrated in Pradère (p.192, fig.180).
    BVRB produced a number of such small tables notably for the marchands-mercier such as Lazare, Duvaux or Poirier. Both BVRB and RVLC worked for Poirier and produced tables of the same model, including very fine examples of tables en cabaret mounted with a Sèvres porcelain top.
    The present lot also shows a "bois de bout" marquetery that both ébénistes mastered in a very similar way as described by Clarisse Roinet, referring to two tables à écrire from the Wrightsman Collection, New York.


    Literature:
    - Alexandre Pradère, Les ébénistes Français de Louis XIV à la révolution, Paris, 1989.
    - Clarisse Roinet, Roger Vandercruse dit La Croix, Les éditions de l'amateur, Paris, 2000.
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