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Pembroke tables, pair


Object number

RIF580

Maker

Maker Unknown
Formerly attributed to John Townsend, American, 1732–1809

Dimensions

Height: 71.12 cm (28 in.); Width, closed: 49.53 cm (19 1/2 in.); Depth: 83.185 cm (32 3/4 in.)

Date

1785–1805

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); birch (hinged rails); white pine (stationary rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"X" and inverted "V," in graphite, on outer rails; "X," incised, at center on underside of top

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Sotheby's, New York, January 20–22, 2006, lot 575

Associated names

Sotheby's

Construction

Each table has a solid, single-board top with bowed ends and molded edge, flanked by half rounD single-board leaves attached thereto with two hinges, each containing three screws on each side. The leaf joint is quarter round and the center top bears smoothing plane marks. The top is attached to the frame with screw pockets, two each at the corners in the bowed end, two through the front rail and by multiple glue blocks, three at the bowed ends and five at the long ends. The rails of the skirt are connected to the legs by mortise and tenon joints. The inside of the short rails are straight and the outside bowed. The short rail opposite the drawer has large quarter round glue blocks in the corners. Rosehead nails join the inside and outside rails, which are partially veneered and fitted with five-toothed, square-knuckled trapezoidal hinged leaf supports and quarter-sphere finger holes on the rails and a deeply scooped finger grip along the edge of the leaf supports. The drawer front is solid, with a cock-beaded mahogany veneer. The drawer sides and backs are full height with flat tops. The drawer bottom is a single board, perpendicular to the front, slightly feather-chamfered at the front and sides where it is let into grooves in the drawer front and sides, and reinforced at the sides with glue blocks. The drawer back is nailed to the bottom with brads. The drawer front dovetails are small, neat triangles with a half-pin above and fine kerf marks. The drawer moves on supports nailed to the inner rail with sprigs and butt-jointed to the front rail. Vertical drawer stops are nailed with brads to the inner rails. The square, tapered legs are line inlaid on all four sides down to the inlaid cuffs. Examined by P. E. Kane and M. Taradash, January 19, 2006; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Including Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Hanson to Benefit the National Gallery of Art, sale cat. (January 20–22, 2006), 435, lot 575, ill.