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The furniture-makers Nicholas Morel and George Seddon went into partnership in 1826 to decorate George IV’s new Private Apartments in Windsor Castle. The firm produced a series of designs showing the principal elevations of each room, with the intended

George IV's lavish refurbishment of the Green Drawing Room at Windsor, 1824-30

Thomas Parker (active 1808-30)

Centre table c.1814-30

Boulle work - tortoishell and gilt metal | 72.5 x 100.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 33461

Green Drawing Room, Windsor Castle

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A view of the Green Drawing Room by Joseph Nash (1809–1878) in 1848 shows that this table, and its matching pair, were used as reading tables at either end of the room. Their maker Thomas Parker (fl.1808–1830) specialised in the production of elaborate furniture of brass and tortoiseshell inlay after the style of the French ébéniste, André-Charles Boulle. English cabinet makers using this technique referred to it as 'Buhl'. Parker worked originally for George IV's sister, Princess Elizabeth (1770–1840), and latterly for George himself when Prince Regent. On his trade card he described himself as 'Cabinet & Buhl Manufacturer to HRH the Prince Regent and Royal family'.