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Windsor Castle Royal Secretaire

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King George IV had this secretaire made for his private apartment at Windsor Castle

Key Features

  • This secretaire was commissioned by King George IV for his private apartments at Windsor Castle
  • The burr elm masterpiece was crafted by the firm of Morel and Seddon to the King's specifications
  • The original leather, still bearing ink stains presumably made by the King's own hand, remains
  • The secretaire is featured in Hugh Roberts 2001 text on George IV's furnishings in Windsor Castle

Item Details

  • Width:
    40 1/2 Inches
  • Height:
    48 Inches
  • Depth:
    24 Inches
  • Period:
  • Origin:
This important burr elm secretaire was specially commissioned by King George IV for his private apartments at Windsor Castle. The noted firm of Morel and Seddon crafted the extraordinary desk for the King to his exact specifications, embellishing it with only the most luxurious elements, including highly polished burr elm veneers, fine bronze pulls and giltwood accents throughout. A tour-de-force of English cabinetmaking, this desk is a true Royal treasure.

During the latter part of the 1820s, the King sought to remodel his private residence in Windsor Castle into the quintessential symbol of the British Monarchy. He hired the renowned furniture maker Nicholas Morel to re-furnish the castle; in order to complete the commission, Morel formed a partnership with George Seddon, whose extensive workshop provided the necessary skilled workmen. The King himself remained actively involved during the project, and under his direction every element was a deliberate consideration, this incredible secretaire included.

The desk was specially commissioned specifically for Room 230 in Windsor Castle - a bedroom that was decorated in the "King's private Patterns." The original leather, still bearing ink stains made by the King's own hand, remains intact, as do the original pulls and casters. Royal furniture such as this, especially a work that is absolutely unique, is extremely rare. That it was specially commissioned by the King for his own personal residence further enhances its appeal. In terms of royal provenance, rarity, beauty and condition, it is simply unrivaled.

Pictured in For the King's Pleasure: The Furnishing and Decoration of George IV's Apartments at Windsor Castle, 2001, by H. Roberts on page 317 (figure 398).

Circa 1828

48" high x 40 1/2" wide x 24" deep

Commissioned by George IV for Windsor Castle
Thence by descent in the Royal Collection
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, New York, October 21 2003, lot 338

Private collection
M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans

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