J. J. Werner, DÉCORATEUR ET FABRICANT DES MEUBLES, was recorded working at number 126, Rue de Grenelle, Paris. Jean-Jacques Werner (1791-1849) was one of the most celebrated furniture makers of the Restauration period. Of Swiss origin, his work was exhibited in the Exposition des Produits de la Français de 1823, recorded in the Garde Meubles 1828 and his most famous work was a secretaire presented to Charles X for the Grand Trianon in 1827.
Interestingly, he was particularly well known for specializing in indigenous French woods such as oak, elm and maple, and pieces in exotic imported woods such as mahogany are much rarer in his oeuvre. Ledoux-Lebard notes a fauteuil and a matching chaise in mahogany with sabre legs in a private collection (op. cit.,p. 630), and a extensive suite of mobilier in mahogany, sold at auction in Verrieères-le-Buisson in 1987 (op. cit.,p. 634).