Martin-Guillaume Biennais (1764-1843) was established in rue Saint-Honoré. Maître Tabletier Ebeniste his workshop was registered under the well known name of 'Au Singe Violet'. Between 1791 and 1802 he was only Tabletier. Under the Empire period he was a well known producer of luxury small games tables, writing boxes, coffres-forts and other travelling goods. He usually signed on the locks as on the coffre de toilette offered here. He also produced furniture in an accomplished Empire style from the beginning of the 19th Century.