Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Table en chiffonière - Table <i>en chiffonière</i>

Table en chiffonière

  • Object:

    Table en chiffonière

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1765-1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Vandercruse Lacroix, Roger (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    ormolu mounted, parquetry, marquetry, painted

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display at Longleat House, Wiltshire

On loan to Longleat House, Wiltshire, inside the State Drawing Room

Physical description

A fine Louis XV ormolu-mounted Sèvres porcelain, kingwood, amaranth, and parquetry table en chiffonière by RVLC, inlaid floral trelliswork parquetry, the serpentine top with a finely painted floral and trelliswork plaque with ormolu border, a silk-lined slide and a frieze drawer. On cabriole legs headed by scrolled pierced clasps and reaching to conforming sabots, with a rectangular platform, stamped RVLC JME

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1765-1770 (made)


Vandercruse Lacroix, Roger (maker)

Materials and Techniques

ormolu mounted, parquetry, marquetry, painted

Marks and inscriptions

1) Makers's mark 2) Signature; stamping (marking)


Width: 36 cm, Height: 71 cm, Depth: 28 cm

Object history note

Roger Vandercruse Lacroix qualified as maître èbeniste in 1755.

Historical significance: Both the cabinet work and the painitng of the porcelain are of outstanding quality and the painting and the tooled gilding of the plaque remain in excellent condition, with little scratching and abrasion. This table is an early example of the fashion for incorporating porcelain plaques into the design of small-scale furniture. This taste was initiated by the marchand-mercier Simon-Philippe Poirier, who was the originator of the idea of using such plaques and the principle purchaser of them during the 1760's. The table represents the early tray form of plaque and is of high quality.

Historical context note

The piece was accepted by the V&A in lieu of tax in 1997 but remains on loan at Longleat House, Wiltshire.

Descriptive line

Table en chiffonière, French, 1765-1770, kingwood, amaranth and marquetry, mounted with Sèvres porcelain and with gilt bronze. Stamped RVLC JME


Ormolu; Kingwood; Porcelain


Parquetry; Marquetry

Subjects depicted

Floral trelliswork

Production Type



Furniture and Woodwork Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.