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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

French

Desk c.1695

Tortoiseshell, pewter, brass, gilt bronze and ebony | 86.0 x 198.5 x 92.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 31347

This large Boulle writing desk was reported to have belonged to William III (1650–1702) and had been at George IV's former residence, Carlton House. Together with two other Boulle tables in the room it was originally lined with green velvet, but this was later replaced by leather. The desk is veneered with grotesques, birds, animals and arabesques.