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Commode Maker: Roger Vandercruse, called Lacroix (French, 1727–1799) Date: ca. 1755–60 Culture: French, Paris Medium: Oak veneered with tulip-, rose-, and end cut kingwood, gilt bronze, rouge griotte marble

Mechanical table Maker: and Roger Vandercruse, called Lacroix (French, 1727–1799) Date: ca. 1761–63 Culture: French Medium: Oak veneered with mahogany, kingwood, and tulipwood, with marquetry of mahogany, rosewood, holly, and various other woods; gilt-bronze mounts; imitation Japanese lacquer; replaced silk

This secretary and its companion commode (MMA, 20.155.12) stood in Marie Antoinette's private apartment at the château de Saint-Cloud; her initials appear three times in the gilt-bronze frieze under the marble top. The opulent refinement of this secretary, made about 1784 by Riesener, responds to the taste of his royal client

Mechanical table (Table mécanique) Maker: mechanism by Jean-Gotfritt Mercklein (1733–1808) Date: 1778 Culture: French, Paris Medium: Oak veneered with marquetry of bois satiné, holly, amaranth, barberry, stained sycamore, and green-lacquered wood; gilt-bronze mounts; steel, iron and brass fittings; mirror glass; velvet (not original)

Commode, ca. 1745–49 Charles Cressent (French, 1685–1768) Pine and oak veneered with purplewood, mahogany, and bois satiné (bloodwood), gilt-bronze mounts, portor marble top

Cabinet Attributed to André Charles Boulle, ca. 1700, French, Paris, Oak veneered with Macassar and Gabon ebony, ebonized fruitwood, burl wood, and marquetry of tortoiseshell and brass; gilt bronze