Roger Van der Cruse, known by the name 'Lacroix', made many small oval pieces of furniture such as this. This beautifully curved piece stands on four triangular cabriole legs and has a lower shelf that is slightly concave at the front.
The apron of this writing desk contains a sliding tray with small compartments for storing an inkpot, powder for drying ink and a sponge box. In the centre of the top of the desk and lower shelf is a leaf design with five curved branches forming a rosette, – a typical feature of Lacroix's work. The marquetry, on the other hand, is more unusual. The piece has alternating strips of wood dyed green and yellow, imitating Ottoman-style striped fabric or straw marquetry.