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    Sale 7560

    Furniture and Carpets Including Two Private Collections

    24 January 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 300

    A ROYAL GEORGE IV ORMOLU-MOUNTED, PARCEL-GILT MAPLE AND AMARANTH SIDE TABLE

    BY MOREL AND SEDDON, 1829

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    A ROYAL GEORGE IV ORMOLU-MOUNTED, PARCEL-GILT MAPLE AND AMARANTH SIDE TABLE
    BY MOREL AND SEDDON, 1829
    The rectangular later white marble top above two mahogany-lined small frieze drawers, with turned front columns surmounted by foliate capitals and plain square rear columns, on bowfront plinths with sunk brass castors, the underside with 1866 inventory paper label printed 'WINDSOR CASTLE ROOM NO.' and inscribed [Room] '234' and [No.] '9', another paper label printed 'R 233', the underside branded 'VR' around a crown, '1866 WINDSOR CASTLE ROOM 233', the frame inscribed in ink 'Ford 1348 Windsor Castle Washstand [obliterated] Room 254 [sic]', veneered on the reverse, originally a wash-stand and with a stretcher
    31¾ in. (80.5 cm.) high; 42 in. (106.5 cm.) wide; 23 in. (58.5 cm.) deep


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    Originally supplied as a 'wash-hand stand', fitted with a circular void for a wash-basin, and accompanied by a ewer, soap-boxes, carafe and tumblers, this table is now fitted with a marble top. It was supplied for the most westerly of the new Private Apartments at Windsor Castle designed under the direction of the architect Sir Jeffry Wyatville. It is recorded toward the end of cabinet-makers Morel and Seddon's commission, which ended with the death of George IV in 1830: their estimate is dated 1 February 1829. This table was in Room 254, whose furnishings were veneered in maple and inlaid with amaranth (or purplewood) while the adjacent rooms' (256 & 259) furnishings were veneered in maple and mahogany or simple mahogany. Interestingly, the mouldings attached to the edges of this table are inscribed identically to an en suite dressing-table at Windsor, perhaps indicating that in the course of rapid assembly of both pieces, some mouldings were transposed (Roberts, op. cit., p. 384 & fig. 462). Room 254 (the principal bedroom of this apartment) was hung with remade yellow silk curtains and the giltwood bed and its silk hangings re-used from furnishings originally supplied for Brighton Pavilion or Carlton House. Another wash-stand answering this description was supplied for Room 256, listed under Morel & Seddon's Account no. 1300 (ibid., pp. 378, 382 & 384). The inscriptions, inventory brand and inscribed inventory labels bear witness to the movement of this table within Windsor: while the table was originally supplied for Room 254, before 1866 it was moved to Room 233, another suite in Wyatville's refurbished Private Apartments. There is no Room 234 recorded at Windsor. A wash-stand, possibly this table, is illustrated in a photograph of c. 1880 of Room 251 (ibid., p. 372, fig. 458). A related satinwood and mahogany dressing-table, supplied for Room 210 in July 1828 was sold anonymously, Christie's, London, 7 July 1988, lot 108 (£16,000). It was repurchased by the Royal Collection and is now at Windsor (ibid., p. 195, no. 456 & fig. 230).

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    Provenance

    Supplied in 1829 to King George IV (d. 1830), for Room 254, Windsor Castle and by descent at Windsor to
    King William IV (d. 1837).
    Queen Victoria (d. 1901) until after 1866.


    Literature

    N. Morel, Windsor Estimates, vol. 7, 1 February 1829, p. 324.
    N. Morel & G. Seddon, Account Book, 1830, no. 1280: 'To a wash hand stand of fine maple wood highly polished, the top surmounted by a high panelled ledge terminating at the sides with carved scroll angles, the frieze with 2 drawers resting on circular columns with richly chased ormoulu foliage, capitals and bases and curved plinths, with shaped and panelled stretcher, and strong castors, the whole enriched with purple wood mouldings &c gilt in part in mat and burnished gold and fitted up with a large white and gold china bason, ewer, 2 soap boxes, a brush tray, a cut glass carafe, &c two tumblers'.
    H. Roberts, For the King's Pleasure: The Furnishing and Decoration of George IV's Apartments at Windsor Castle, London, 2001, p. 382 & 384 [under Room 254].