Charles Bernel was a renowned French Ébéniste in the late 19th century. Bernel was one of a few highly skilled cabinetmakers producing furniture in the manner of earlier styles. Among his high caliber contemporaries were Paul Somani, Henry Dasson and Francois Linke, who are all noted for their high quality creations. Among Bernel’s esteemed clientele was H.M. Queen Mary, who owned a gilt bronze mounted fire screen that was placed in her Audience room at Buckingham Palace, London. King Christian X and Queen Alexandrine of Denmark also had one presented to them during a visit to Paris.