Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Object of the Day, Museum Edition: “The Centre Table,” 1826

"The Centre Table"
Ebony, Gilded Pine, Gilt Bronze, Oak and Marble
Morel and Seddon, 1826
The Royal Collection

Avid collector King George IV purchased the inlaid hard-stone top of this table in the early Nineteenth Century. Intricately inlaid table tops where quite the fashion, and examples created by Italian craftsmen were highly sought after.

George IV commissioned the furniture makers Morel and Seddon to create the massive base for the table. Crafted of ebony, gilded pine and gilt bronze, the ornate base was completed in 1826 and was intended for use in the newly appointed Crimson Drawing Room at Windsor Castle. George IV was so pleased with the result, he ordered several other inlaid pieces to add to the room.

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