Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener was born in Herdon, Germany, in 1849. In Paris he maintained a workshop at 12, rue de la Roquette between 1880 and 1895. Zwiener produced the very finest furniture replicating articles from the Garde-Meuble National of France. For his exhibition at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle, Zwiener was awarded a gold medal. The jury reported "dès ses dèbuts à une Exposition universelle, [il] s'est mis au premier rang par la richesse, la hardiesse et le fini de ses meubles incrustés de bronze et fort habilement marquetés".
The present cabinet is typical of Zwiener's work: an elaborate interpretation of the fluid Rococo manner executed to the highest standards and inset with fine marquetry, vernis Martin panels and encrusted with intricate gilt-bronze mounts.