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 Anonymous - Sedan chair
François Boucher - The little dog’s dance
Jean-Baptiste Greuze - Young Shepherd Holding a Flower
Hubert Robert - The Laundry
 Jean Moisy (clockmaker) and Jean-Claude Chambellan known as Duplessis (goldsmith) - Organ pipe clock with a monkey orchestra
Hubert Robert - Washerwomen in a garden
 Adrien Delorme and Pierre Roussel - Chest of drawers
Giambattista  Tiepolo - Alexander and Bucephalus
Nicolas Sageot - « Mazarin » table desk
Claude Joseph Vernet - The Tivoli Cascades
Jean-Honoré Fragonard - Jérôme de La Lande
 Manufacture de Beauvais - Tapestry : Psyche Led by the West Wind into the Palace of Love and Psyche Showing Her Wealth to Her Sisters
Roger Van der Cruse known as La Croix or RVLC (Attributed to) - Combination furniture : commode with doors, secretaire in drawer, wardrobe
Jacques Louis David - The death of Seneca
Giovanni Antonio (dit Gianantonio) Pellegrini - Esquisse pour le plafond de la Banque Royale : Le Déchargement en bord de Seine de marchandises en provenance de la Louisiane

Combination furniture : commode with doors, secretaire in drawer, wardrobe

Roger Van der Cruse known as
La Croix or RVLC (Attributed to)
Circa 1760
oak, flower pattern marquetry, rosewood and amaranth border ; gilt bronze ; Breccia di Aleppo, marble
114 x 74,5 x 39,5 cm

Roger Van der Cruse (1728-1794), known as Lacroix (a translation of his surname), was for a long time only known by the mysterious stamp of RVLC.

Although he mainly worked for other, the dealer Poirier (circa 1720-1785) and the cabinetmakers Pierre IV Migeon (1701-1758) and Jean-François Oeben (1721-1763), he took on major commissions for his guild. He produced work for the Crown in the early 1770’s, through the intermediary of the Court cabinetmaker Gilles Joubert (1689-1775).

After becoming a master craftsman in 1755, he first practised flower pattern marquetry, and then favoured geometric patterns: lattices (some featuring cornflowers), interlocking lozenges and intertwined hearts and lozenges. In the 1760’s, he and Oeben worked with interlocking circles. At a time when mahogany was the most popular wood, he preferred cladding made of light woods, rosewood and lemon tree wood. He mainly produced light furniture and chests of drawers, with straight bodies on curved feet.

RVLC made several secretary desks with a slightly curved shape opening with sliding panels, featuring toned-down rocaille bronzes. Later, the finished model of the secretary desk would open with a lid flap or cylinder. Inside, the partially coloured marquetry has retained its original brightness.

Marks Inscriptions Hall-marks: 
Not stamped (attributed with reference to a secretary desk from the old Dutasta collection)
Inventory number: 
Inventory number : ODUT01608
Acquisition details : Purchased using interest from the Dutuit bequest, 1926
Room 11
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