Roger Vandercruse – Lacroix

Roger VANDERCRUSE dit LACROIX (1728-1799):

Born in 1727 from a father who was a free worker in the Faubourg Saint Antoine and master in 1755, he is the great representative of the so-called Transition style, although he was trained in the Louis XV style. He also knows how to harmonize the two styles brilliantly. We owe the count François de Salverte the merit of having understood that the cabinetmaker who sometimes signed Lacroix, sometimes RVLC, sometimes L was in fact one and the same man. Several famous cabinetmakers gravitated around him and certainly had a great influence on his work: Riesener, Oeben, Pierre Migeon, Martin Carlin, etc.

The profile of his furniture often adopts a double camber at the level of the crotch shelf, which is quite characteristic. The profile of his furniture often adopts a characteristic double curve at the crotch shelf. He likes to use the lemon tree, which he inlays with ebony and marks cheerfully in cubes, wind rose, latticework, quatrefoils, broken sticks, helical rosettes, each time with talent. The profile of his chests of drawers varies little: a rectangular box receives a tripartite division of the marquetry on the front and rests on slightly curved legs. But Lacroix also likes Chinese taste.

Although he works for the Court thanks to his colleague Gilles Joubert who is in charge of royal orders, private clients constitute the most important part of his orders.

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