lot 651

A Regency burr maple games table, in the manner of Morel & Seddon, the rectangular top with an inset chequerboard within an inlaid border of stylised fruiting foliage, over a frieze drawer with inlaid foliage within scrolled brackets, verso matching, on standard end supports with crisply carved terminals, a turned stretcher and inlaid and scrolled supports, 76cm wide 42.5cm deep 73cm high Morel & Seddon were the principal suppliers of furniture and furnishings to George IV (1762-1830) during his extensive refurbishment of Windsor Castle (1827-30). Their lavish interior decoration helped re-establish Windsor as both the principal seat of the British monarchy and the leading example of the national style. To achieve this, Morel & Seddon repurposed fine French and English eighteenth century furniture from George IVs previous residence, Carlton House, as well as supplying new pieces in styles ranging from Late Empire to Gothic Revival. Morel & Seddon also supplied new furnishings for Windsor, ranging from armchairs, bookcases and cabinets to wall hangings and candelabra. In the process they collaborated with some of the finest craftsmen and designers of the day, including the Parisian cabinetmaker, FHG Jacob-Desmalter, and AWN Pugin. After three years, the partners produced a bill for their work which came to £203,963 6s 8d - the largest sum ever devoted to a single furnishing scheme in this country. However, a Parliamentary Select Committee strongly criticised the way the commission had been supervised and dramatically reduced the sum to be paid.