H: 30 in / 76 cm | W: 40.5 in / 103 cm | D: 25 in / 63 cmDescription
Constructed using amboyna, purpleheart and bird’s eye maple, having very fine gilt bronze mounts, and inlaid with cross banding in the Boulle marquetry manner; rising from castor shod oblate feet, supporting scrolled sled form platform bases; the end supports waisted, with gilt lobed collars, and the ormolu framed stiff leaf cast top having a rectangular reserved of tortoishell and mother-of-pearl Boulle work.
Nicholas Morel, in his appointed role of artistic designer worked with the large and well established furniture manufactory, Seddon and Sons to furnish Windsor Castle to the exotic taste of George the Fourth. Hugh Robert’s exegesis is recorded in his ‘For the King’s Pleasure’, published by the Royal Collection in 2001, illustrating many pieces of furniture using amboyna, bird’s eye maple and giltwork, notably with Boulle marquetry inlaid pair of centre tables, from the Large Drawing Room at Windsor.
Similar tables at the Royal Collection (RCIN 21910, RNIN 21177, RCIN 36968) embody the same materials and form as this table. An almost identical table is at The Victoria & Albert Museum possesses (stock number W19.1962). Margaret Jourdain’s ‘Regency Furniture’ London, revised edition 1965 shows this very table, acquired from an auction in 1962 under colour plate 2.
Roberts, Hugh. For the King’s Pleasure: The Furnishing and Decoration of George IV's Apartments at Windsor Castle. London: Royal Collection Enterprises, 2001.
Jourdain, Margaret. Regency Furniture: 1795-1830, Revised and enlarged by Ralph Fastnedge. London: Country Life, 1965.
Beard, Geoffrey and Christopher Gilbert (eds.). Dictionary of English furniture makers, 1660-1840. Leeds: Furniture History Society: W.S. Maney, 1986.
Furniture History Society 1982 & 1988.
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