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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

Morel & Seddon

Sofa 1827-28

Carved and gilded mahogany, silk damask | 99.5 x 209.5 x 101.5 cm (whole object) | RCIN 31373

Green Drawing Room, Windsor Castle

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Press interest in George IV's renovation project was intense. However, reports were often remarkably inaccurate thanks to the strict limits on access during the alterations. As the cost of the project spiralled, the Windsor & Eton Express told its readers that furniture from Morel and Seddon – such as this sofa – was 'of such costly materials and manufacture, that the charge will be little short of the price of the same in solid silver!'