Charles Cressent (1685-1768) is the son of François Cressent, woodcarver. He began his career as a sculptor in Paris and became a true master cabinetmaker in 1708. He worked with the cabinetmaker Poitou, whom he succeeded in 1719 in the official office of the Duke of Orleans, then Regent of France. His works relate to the Regency style and the beginning of the Rocaille style, of exceptional quality, quickly made him famous.
In 1745, he amended the shape of a flat desk and a Louis XV style chest of drawers for the large European courts. Cressent thus became one of the most fashionable cabinetmakers of the first half of the 18th century in France. His creations are not limited only to furniture and from his training as a sculptor, he attaches great importance to the carving of gilded bronze. He draws and creates many objects such as clocks, wall lights and andirons.