Chest of drawers

Chest of drawers
Roger Vandercruse dit Lacroix (1727-1799), master in 1755
Paris, circa 1780
Bloodwood veneer, gilt bronze, Brocatelle Violette d’Espagne marble
Gift in memory of Monsieur Émile Perrin, member of the Institut de France, as a tribute by his son Émile, 1909

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RVLC, was one of the great names of French cabinetmaking in the second half of the 18th century. He was particularly renowned for his small tables decorated with intricate marquetry and inlaid with porcelain plaques. The characteristic curves of the Louis XV style have disappeared, replaced by architectural lines emphasised by the use of bloodwood, whose parallel veins and contrasting colours provide a decorative motif in their own right.