A Pair of Transitional Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Marquetry Tables À Écrire, in the Manner of RVLC (Roger Vandercruse, dit Lacroix).
Each table having an oval top with pierced three–quarter gallery enclosing a floral trellis marquetry panel, above a similarly-inlaid frieze with a fitted writing drawer, with green leather-lined writing surface, with divisions for inkwell and sander to right hand side, raised on cabriole legs headed by fronded acanthus angle-mounts swagged with laurel baguettes and united by a conforming galleried undertier, the legs terminating in scrolled acanthus sabots.
The design for these elegant Tables À Écrire with their distinctive form and floral trellis marquetry, is after a small group of tables by the celebrated Eighteenth Century ébéniste Roger Vandercruse, dit Lacroix (RVLC).
A number of important eighteenth century examples by Lacroix survive, including an oval one at Waddesdon Manor, illustrated in G. de Bellaigue, The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor: Furniture, Clocks and Gilt Bronzes, London, 1974, vol. II, cat. no. 98; another oval table formerly in the Henry Walters Collection, illustrated in C. Packer, Paris Furniture by the Master Ébénistes, Newport, 1956, fig. 120; a third oval example is illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Le Meuble Français et Européen du Moyen Age à nos jours, Paris, 1991, p. 281, fig. 317; a fourth was purchased by King George IV in 1829 and is now in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle.
Elegant and sophisticated their appeal extended well into the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with fine examples continuing to be made by some of the finest Parisian ébénistes of the period.
French, Circa 1890