A.-M.-E. Fournier, active in the third quarter of the 19th Century.
A closely related pouf à cordes is in the château de Compiègne and illustrated in H. Hayward, World Furniture, London, 1965, p. 241, plate 928, and in J.-M. Moulin, 'The furnishing of the Palace of Compiègne during the Second Empire', The Connoisseur, December 1978, p. 253. Featured in the Salon de Musique it also appears to be in a photograph taken after 1865 of the same room (J.-M. Moulin, op. cit., p. 254). A stool of the same design was sold by the Earl of Rosebery from the collection of Baron Mayer Amschel de Rothschild, Mentmore, Sotheby's house sale, 18 May 1977, lot 10, while a further pair was sold by the Earl and Countess of Perth, in these Rooms, 18 April 1996, lot 44.