An Antique Georgian Centre Table Firmly Attributed to Morel & Seddon
An Antique Georgian Centre Table Firmly Attributed to Morel & Seddon
An Antique Georgian Centre Table Firmly Attributed to Morel & Seddon

Attributed to MOREL & SEDDON (worked from 1827-1868)

An Antique Georgian Centre Table Firmly Attributed to Morel & Seddon

c. 1825 England

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Constructed using amboyna, purpleheart and bird’s eye maple, having very fine gilt bronze mounts, and inlaid with cross banding in the Boulle marquetry manner; rising from castor shod oblate feet, supporting scrolled sled form platform bases; the end supports waisted, with gilt lobed collars, and the ormolu framed stiff leaf cast top having a rectangular reserved of tortoishell and mother-of-pearl Boulle work.
Nicholas Morel, in his appointed role of artistic designer worked with the large and well established furniture manufactory, Seddon and Sons to furnish Windsor Castle to the exotic taste of George the Fourth. Hugh Robert’s exegesis is recorded in his ‘For the King’s Pleasure’, published by the Royal Collection in 2001, illustrating many pieces of furniture using amboyna, bird’s eye maple and giltwork, so similar to our piece, notably the Boulle marquetry inlaid pair of centre tables, from the Large Drawing Room at Windsor. The Victoria & Albert Museum possesses seemingly the pair to our table (stock number W19.1962). Margaret Jourdain’s ‘Regency Furniture’ London, revised edition 1965 shows this very table, acquired from an auction in 1962 under colour plate 2.
George Seddon (c.1727-1801)

The largest furniture manufactory in London, founded in 1753, by the end of the 18th century it employed more people, held larger stocks and produced a wider range of pieces than any other furniture making business, occupying a two acre site in Aldersgate until 1826. A visit to the factory is discussed in her book ‘Travels in England’ by Sophie Von La Roche, published in 1786; she mentions he was a ‘foster-father’ to 400 apprentices, and speaks at length of the carvers, gilders, locksmiths, bronze casters etc as well as wood, materials, curtains & etc. He took his sons into the partnership, in turn taking in their sons and grandsons, undertaking many Royal Commissions including Windsor Castle. The company ceased to trade in 1868
Hugh Roberts ‘For the King’s Pleasure’
Margaret Joudain ‘Regency Furniture’
British Furniture Makers 1660-1840, Furniture History Society
Furniture History Society 1982 & 1988
Height 76.00 cm (29.92 inches)
Width 103.00 cm (40.55 inches)
Depth 63.00 cm (24.80 inches)
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Amboyna, purpleheart, maple, gilt, bronze, Boulle, marquetry

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