19 November 1992,
Price realised GBP 8,800
GBP 5,000 - GBP 8,000
A LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED MAHOGANY AND TULIPWOOD POUDREUSE by Roger Vandercruse La Croix (RVLC), the banded waved eared rectangular tripartite top inlaid à quatre faces with key-pattern corners, the central hinged adjustable flap enclosing a later mirror plate and flanked by two hinged flaps each enclosing a blue silk-lined removable mahogany compartment, the frieze with two simulated drawers and a black leather-lined slide above a central drawer, the arched kneehole flanked by three drawers and one simulated drawer, on cabriole legs and ormolu sabots, stamped twice R.V.L.C and JME once
36¼in.(92cm.)wide; 30in.(76cm.)high; 20in.(56cm.)deep
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Roger Vandercruse, known as Lacroix, maître in 1749.
In the course of a colourful career as a diplomat and traveller, the 7th Earl of Elgin lived from circa 1810-1841 in Paris to avoid serious financial difficulties in Britain.
Roger Vandercruse (1728-1799) was one of the best known ébénistes of the Transitioal style between the rococo idiom of the Louis XV period and the neo-classical style that followed. His name was gallicised to Lacroix, hence the stamp RVLC.
Almost certainly acquired in Paris by Thomas, 7th Earl of Elgin and 11th of Kincardine (1766-1841).
Thence by descent to Lord Bruce, Broomhall, Fife, Scotland, sold in these Rooms, 31 May 1962, lot 82.
Specialist Carleigh Queenth discusses the Sèvres porcelain service treasured by successive generations of the Rockefeller family