• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 779

    A LATE LOUIS XV AMARANTH, BOIS CITRONNIER, OLIVEWOOD AND FLORAL MARQUETRY TABLE D'ACCOUCHEE

    BY ROGER VANDERCRUSE ('RVLC'), DIT LACROIX, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, THE STAND LATER

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    A LATE LOUIS XV AMARANTH, BOIS CITRONNIER, OLIVEWOOD AND FLORAL MARQUETRY TABLE D'ACCOUCHEE
    BY ROGER VANDERCRUSE ('RVLC'), DIT LACROIX, THIRD QUARTER 18TH CENTURY, THE STAND LATER
    The kidney-shaped top inlaid with a ribbon-tied floral bouquet, fitted with a central adjustable reading panel to the front, and a panelled mirror to the reverse, enclosing a cypress-lined interior with two conformingly-lined short drawers and a well, flanked by foliate reserves, the top removable, above a conformingly-shaped stand with slightly cabriole legs headed by foliate sprays and terminating in foliate sabots, stamped 'R.V.L.C.' and 'JME'
    28 in. (71 cm.) high; 26¾ in. (68.5 cm.) wide; 13¾ in. (35 cm.) deep


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    Roger Vandercruse ('RVLC'), dit Lacroix, maître in 1755.

    One of the most celebrated ébénistes of the 18th Century, Lacroix is known for the variety of his productions and the large spectrum, both in style, shapes and techniques, covered by his oeuvre. Among the many 'meubles à transformation' executed by Lacroix, several tables d'accouchée such as this one are recorded. These delicate and graceful pieces, which count amongst the chefs-d'oeuvre of the ébéniste are characterized by a removable upper section inlaid with stylized foliage or geometric motifs, itself fitted with an adjustable writing panel and mirror, flanked by further compartments, and sitting atop a conformingly-shaped stand. Several closely related examples by the ébéniste are illustrated in J. Nicolay, L'Art et la Manière des Maîtres Ebénistes Français au XVIIIè Siècle, Paris, 1956, p.235 and figs. AB, AC, AD and AE. Amongst the few tables d'accouchée sold at auction, a related example was sold at Christie's, Monaco, 12 December 1999, lot 888, while a further d'accouchée by Germain Landrin (maître in 1738) was, more recently, sold at Christie's, Paris, 25 June 2008, lot 279.

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    Provenance

    Rue de la Faisanderie, Paris, until the late 1940's.
    Thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 778-783)