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From: Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Catalog of the Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History vol.17, no.1 (1958): 26–27, no. 37, ill.
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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF2068

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

69.215 x 59.055 x 91.44 cm (27 1/4 x 23 1/4 x 36 in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (hinged rails), chestnut (stationary rails and longitudinal brace), white pine (drawer linings, cross-braces, and drawer supports)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"2[?],"and "C," in graphite, on underside of top; "2," in graphite, on underside of one inner and outer rail; figure eight, in chalk, on underside of transverse brace near drawer

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, before 2006; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, October 7, 2006, lot 216

Associated names

The Rhode Island Historical Society
Sotheby's

Construction

The single-board, square-edged top is joined to its single-board, square-edged rectangular leaves by four sets of iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed, each set slightly inward from the legs. The underside of the top has toothing plane marks and rough hand-sawing marks. The top joins the frame by means of eight screw pockets, two each through the outside of the outer rails near the legs, and two each through the inside of the short rails. There is a medial brace dovetailed into the tops of the inner rails and nailed with roseheads to the underside of the top. The inner and outer rails are nailed together with roseheads. The single drawer has a plain front and a cock-beaded surround. The drawer front has finely cut, narrow-necked dovetails with half-pins above and below. The drawer bottom, a single board chamfered at the front and sides, runs parallel to the drawer front, is let into grooves in the drawer front and sides and is nailed with brads to the drawer back. Drawer runner/glue blocks occupy the joint between drawer bottom and side. The drawer side tops are arched and just shy of the drawer front. The drawer back top is square and chamfered at the corners. Drawer supports with drawer guides above are nailed with brads to the inner rails. Dovetailed into the bottoms of the inner rails and half-lapped over the drawer supports are two transverse braces. A longitudinal batten lapped over and nailed into the transverse battens and tenoned into the rail above the drawer front prevents the drawer from tipping forward. The outer rails have arched finger holes and are fitted with trapezoidal leaf supports with a narrow finger grip on the edge and round seven-knuckled wood hinges. The square legs join the rails with mortise and tenon joints, each showing two wood pins and scribe lines on both leg and rails, and have five arched stop-flutes on their outer faces. Examined by P. E. Kane, October 1, 2006; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Catalog of The Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History 17, no. 1 (January 1958): 26–27, no. 37, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Property from the Rhode Island Historical Society, sale cat. (October 7, 2006), 153, lot 216, ill.