Candelstand and worktable (table à ouvrage en guéridon), Attributed to Roger Vandercruse, called Lacroix (French, 1727–1799), Oak veneered with tulipwood, boxwood, holly and ebonized holly, sycamore, and other woods; soft-paste porcelain, gilt bronze, silk, French, Sèvres

Candelstand and worktable (table à ouvrage en guéridon)

Maker:
Attributed to Roger Vandercruse, called Lacroix (French, 1727–1799)
Factory:
Porcelain plaques by Sèvres Manufactory (French, 1740–present)
Decorator:
Porcelain plaques decorated by Charles Vandé (French, active 1785–91)
Date:
ca. 1785
Culture:
French, Sèvres
Medium:
Oak veneered with tulipwood, boxwood, holly and ebonized holly, sycamore, and other woods; soft-paste porcelain, gilt bronze, silk
Dimensions:
H. 31-1/8 in. (79.1 cm); Diam. of top 14-5/8 in. (37.1 cm)
Classification:
Woodwork-Furniture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.155.106
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 546
The top of this elegant worktable was meant to be used as a guéridon, to support a candelstick offering light when the owner, most likely an aristocratic woman, was working on her needlepoint or sewing at night.
Marking: Glazed on back of plaque and painted in gold: interlaced L's enclosing GG with letter V below [Sèvres factory mark with date-letters for 1784]
The Lords Hillingdon , London ; Edith Chester Beatty , London ; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (until 1976; to MMA)