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    Sale 12455

    European Furniture & Works of Art

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 55

    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED, TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH AND BOIS-DE-BOUT MARQUETRY TABLE A ECRIRE

    BY ROGER VAN DER CRUSE, 'DIT' LACROIX, CIRCA 1760

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    A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED, TULIPWOOD, AMARANTH AND BOIS-DE-BOUT MARQUETRY TABLE A ECRIRE
    BY ROGER VAN DER CRUSE, 'DIT' LACROIX, CIRCA 1760
    The waved rectangular top inlaid with a central spray of flowers within a slightly raised three-quarter gallery above a leather-lined slide, the waved frieze with simulated panels and rocaille and acanthus spray clasps, with a fitted drawer, on foliate and entrelac-headed cabriole legs joined by a galleried undertier with quatrefoil motif, on rocaille and cabochon-cast sabots, with partially effaced 'R.V.L.C' and 'JME' stamps, and also bearing spurious 'BVRB' and 'JME' stamps, re-mounted
    25 ½ in. (64.5 cm.) high; 16 3/8 in. (41.5 cm.) wide; 12 ¼ in. (31 cm.) deep


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    Whilst the overall form and design of the present mounts are consistent with tables by BVRB, and indeed this table bears his initials, it lacks the constructional idiosyncrasies that are commonly found on his furniture, such as the additional filet below the drawer. This table is in fact by the celebrated ébéniste Roger van der Cruse, called 'Lacroix', identified both by that stamp and by his alternative stamp 'R.V.L.C.', which has been partially effaced on this table. Lacroix was prolific in the production of small tables and at least three of this model by him are known: one was formerly in the Lindemann collection, sold Sotheby's, New York, 10 November 2006, lot 63; and two are illustrated in A. Pradère, Les ébénistes Français de Louis XIV à la Révolution, Paris, 1989, p. 288, figs. 311-312). It is possible that some unstamped versions historically attributed to BVRB were in reality executed by Lacroix.

    Provenance

    A Swiss Castle.
    Anonymous sale; Galerie Koller, Zürich, 24 June 2004, lot 1096 (CHF258,520, as by 'BVRB').