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    Sale 7816

    Le Grand Goût - A Private European Collection

    17 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 20

    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, SYCAMORE, AMARANTH, FRUITWOOD AND MARQUETRY TABLE A ECRIRE

    BY ROGER VANDERCRUSE, KNOWN AS LACROIX, CIRCA 1770

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    A LOUIS XVI ORMOLU-MOUNTED TULIPWOOD, SYCAMORE, AMARANTH, FRUITWOOD AND MARQUETRY TABLE A ECRIRE
    BY ROGER VANDERCRUSE, KNOWN AS LACROIX, CIRCA 1770
    The eared rectangular sliding top with three-quarter gallery inlaid with books and writing utensils on a table, above a panelled frieze inlaid with Vitruvian scrolls with a drawer enclosing a gilt-tooled green leather-lined writing-slide above a compartment flanked by three later compartments with associated silvered boxes and a secret compartment, the angles with rosettes, above tapering legs on square sabots with castors, stamped 'R.V.L.C.' and twice 'JME', no apparent signs of a stretcher, the legs tipped to accomodate sabots, re-gilt
    27½ in. (70 cm.) high; 17¼ in. (44 cm.) wide; 11¼ in. (31 cm.) deep


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    Roger Vandercruse, known as Lacroix, maître in 1755.

    Embellished with 'naif' marquetry, inspired by Chinese export lacquer screens, and depicting the writing-surface of a bureau plat with books and an inkwell to the top, this elegant table à ecrire is virtually identical to an example sold at Libert, Paris, 14 December 2007, lot 218 and a further example sold at Christie's, New York, 19 October 2007, lot 262.

    This type of marquetry is generally associated with the oeuvre of the ébéniste Charles Topino who sold marquetry panels to his fellow cabinet-makers, as well as finished pieces to marchands-ébénistes, who applied their own stamp and probably sold these pieces as their work. His Livre-Journal, which survives between 1771 and 1776 lists the sales of items of furniture but also panels and elements of marquetry, including 'figures chinois...' and 'poteries de diferentes natures' (S. Sylvain Sainte Marie, Charles Topino, Paris, 2005, p. 66). Roger Vandercruse did not purchase marquetry panels or elements from Topino, and his name only features in the Livre-Journal of the latter for purchases of timber, mainly ebony and tulipwood. Vandercruse's 'naif' compositions are indeed more individual than many by Topino and others, and were almost certainly his own inventions (C. Roinet, Roger Vandercruse dit La Crois 1727-1799, Paris, 2000, p. 92).

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Partridge, London, 1998.