Etienne Avril became a master cabinetmaker on November 23, 1774. Nicknamed Avril the elder to distinguish him from his brother Pierre, Etienne Avril was born in 1748. His workshop, located in rue de Charenton, managed to acquire a certain reputation during the reign of Louis XVI and provided furniture for the Queen's furnishings at the Château de Saint-Cloud. We still know of an elegant little mahogany cabinet that belonged to Marie-Antoinette, decorated with fine bronzes and medallions in Sèvres cookie on the front.
At his death on June 24, 1791, it took three auctions to sell his production. His furniture is signed E.AVRIL.