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Photo: Courtesy The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wis., 1966.6 Photography by Gavin Ashworth
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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF1023

Maker

Maker possibly by Holmes Weaver, American, 1769 - 1848, active 1796–1848

Dimensions

Closed: 69.215 x 46.355 x 77.47 cm (27 1/4 x 18 1/4 x 30 1/2 in.)

Date

1790–1805

Current location

The Chipstone Foundation

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany, mahogany veneers, and lightwood inlay (primary); mahogany (drawer runners); cherry (all other secondary wood)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Hepplewhite

Provenance

John S. Walton, Inc., New York, before 1966; sold to Polly Mariner Stone (1898–1995) and Stanley Stone (1896–1987), Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1966; bequeathed by Stanley Stone to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 1987

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
Stanley Stone
Polly Mariner Stone

Construction

The single-board, line-inlaid top has bowed ends and a square, line-inlaid edge. It is joined to its half-round leaves by four pairs of metal hinges, each leaf of which is thrice screwed, laid out with scribe lines, and set inward from the legs. The joint between top and leaves is quarter round. The underside of the top bears prominent orthogonal and diagonal scribe lines. The top is secured to the frame by screw pockets – two each in the inside face of the inner long rails, and one inside the thrice laminated face of the short tail opposite the drawer. It is also held on by means of a diagonal brace attached to the underside of the top and set into grooves in the top of the inner long rails. Spanning the bottom of the inner rails at their midpoint is a transverse batten set into grooves and nailed with brads. A bow-fronted, line-inlaid, kerf-marked drawer front occupies one of the short rails. It consists of three laminations, and meets its flush, flat-topped sides in dovetail joints, having finely cut pins with half-pins above and below. The single-board drawer bottom is perpendicular to the front, and chamfered at the front and sides, where it fits into grooves in the elements above. There is a single nail hole in the bottom of the drawer front, and three nail holes in the top. The drawer bottom is nailed to the flat-topped drawer back with brads. The drawer rests upon supports fixed with rosehead nails at the bottom of the inside rails. The supports stop at the transverse batten, though the drawer is longer, stopped by blocks nailed to the rails with brads. The inner and outer rails are joined by rosehead nails. In each corner of the frame opposite the drawer is a vertical rectangular glue block. The outer long rails are tenoned to the legs; the short rails are double-tenoned to them. Each outer long rail contains a trapezoidal leaf support which swings out by means of a round, carved wood, six-knuckled hinge. The diagonal edges of the support and the neighboring portion of rail are carved out for finger holds. The top of each leg is inlaid with a stylized urn and pedestal. The tapering legs are line, tassel, and flower-inlaid on their outside faces only. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 16, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Bibliography

"John S. Walton, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 89, no. 6 (June 1966): 770, ill.
Stanley Stone, "Rhode Island Furniture at Chipstone, Part I," Antiques 91, no. 2 (February 1967): 210, ill.
Oswaldo Rodriguez Roque, American Furniture at Chipstone (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984), 302–303, no. 141, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 402n2.