The George IV drum table, in the manner of Morel and Seddon, that sold for £40,000 at Dreweatts.

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The table had been acquired by the vendors from Mallets (it was in cleaned and restored condition) but of more significance were a stamp dated 1866 and two labels reading Windsor Castle Room 255/1886, No. 31 and 255.

The 1866 inventory for Windsor Castle is now lost but in the 1886 inventory, item No. 31 is listed as residing in a room in the Edward III Tower.

The relevant entry reads: A rosewood Library Table on pillar and triangular base with carved and gilt claw feet, four drawers in frame, with chased ormolu moulding round the top.

Dreweatts had estimated the table cautiously at £2000-3000 for their sale on on November 3. The buyer's premium was 20 per cent.