Roger Vandercruse, known as Lacroix, matre in 1755.
The distinctive, illusionistic lozenge parquetry of this unusual corner secretaire also features on a pair of small commodes by RVLC, dated 1757 and with the label of the celebrated marchand mercier Simon-Phillippe Poirier. This type of parquetry undoubtedly derives from the oeuvre of Jean-Franois Oeben (bniste du Roi in 1754), RVLC's brother-in-law and an important influence on the latter's career. A night table delivered to the Garde Meuble and attributed to Oeben with very similar parquetry is illustrated in A. Pradre, French Furniture Makers, Paris, 1989, p. 257, fig. 267.