This is a copy of the celebrated model made by Charles Cressent circa 1750. It was eventually bought by Ferdinand de Rothschild for Waddesdon Manor, his house in Buckinghamshire.
The active career of Charles Cressent spans the years between 1719 and 1757. He is certainly the ébéniste whose work is most representative of the Régence style. The dominant theme in Cressent's work is the extensive role of sculptural decoration: his furniture is covered with such a profusion of gilt-bronze or varnished mounts that the ébénisterie is finally no more than a vehicle for displaying the decoration.