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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF934

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 69.85 cm (27 1/2 in.); Width, closed: 50.8 cm (20 in.); Depth: 87.63 cm (34 1/2 in.)

Date

1780–1795

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (drawer back, and braces across upper and lower edges of rails); pine (drawer sides and bottom, glue blocks, and kick bar for drawer); maple (stationary and hinged rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Christie's, New York, January 20–21, 2006, lot 814

Associated names

Christie's

Construction

The single-board, square-edged top is attached to its square-edged, single-board leaves with two sets each of iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed, set just inward of the legs. The joint between top and leaves is quarter round. The top is attached to the skirt by horizontal triangular glue blocks, by a transverse brace let into the inner rails and nailed to its under-side, by a longitudinal brace which laps over the transverse brace, is let into the rail above the drawer and nailed with rosehead nails to its underside, and by four screw pockets in the outer rails, set just inward of the hinges. There is a medial brace dovetailed into the inner rails which functions as a drawer stop. The inner and outer rails are joined with rosehead nails, laid out by scribe lines. There are shadows of vertical glue blocks behind the legs opposite the drawer end. The outer rails are each fitted with a round, five-toothed hinge, a carved finger hole, and a trapezoidal leaf support with narrow finger slot. The drawer front is plain and its dovetails not finely sawn, with half-pins above and below, and crude kerf marks. The drawer sides are just shy of the drawer front and are arch-topped, with prominent scribe lines for the dovetails. The drawer bottom is chamfered at the front and sides. It is let into the drawer front and sides, and nailed with brads to the drawer back. The legs meet the outer rails in mortise and tenon joints, with scribe lines on the rails and two wood pins per joint. The square legs have four arched stop-flutes on their outer faces.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, and Prints: Including the Garbisch Collection from the Sky Club, sale cat. (January 20–21, 2006), 317, lot 814, ill.