Roger Vandercruse, dit Lacroix
Roger Vandercruse Lacroix belonged to the most important furniture-making dynasty of the 1700s. The son of an independent ébéniste, he was related through marriage to some of the most successful ébénistes of his day, includingJean-François Oeben, Jean-Henri Riesener, and Simon Oeben. He became a master in 1755 and took over his father's workshop. At the time of his marriage, his business was still a modest one; while his wife brought a dowry of 1,350 livres in cash, clothes, and linen to the marriage, he brought only 800 livres.
From 1769 to 1774, Vandercruse Lacroix supplied furniture to the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne (Royal Furniture Warehouse) and stamped his works R.V.L.C. His pieces were admired for their marquetry in geometric and floral patterns made of tulipwood, amaranth, and kingwood. His business prospered as the duc d'Orléans and Madame du Barry joined his list of clients. Vandercruse Lacroix also held several important positions in his guild. He retired from business during the French Revolution and died in 1799.