Jean-Baptiste Cresson, maître in 1741.
The richly carved, fluid lines of these generously proportioned bergères is characteristic of the elegant 'pittoresque' style practised by Parisian menuisiers in the 1740's and 1750's.
Jean-Baptiste Cresson came from a famous family of menuisiers, his father Charles having receievd his maîtrise in 1720. A related pair of bergères in the Wrightsman Collection by his cousin Louis Cresson, who received his maîtrise in 1738, is illustrated in F.J.B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection: Furniture, New York, 1966, vol. I, p. 23, cat. 17.