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From: Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "A Catalog of the Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History, vol. 16, no. 1 (January 1957), 64–65, no. 28, ill.
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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF2072

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 68.58 cm (27 in.); Width: 46.99 cm (18 1/2 in.); Depth: 83.82 cm (33 in.); Width, open: 93.98 cm (37 in.)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and light wood inlay (primary); chestnut (drawer liners, glue blocks to reinforce joints of drawer sides and bottom, drawer supports, and stationary rails); white pine (drawer front and glue blocks); birch (hinged rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Two incised stars, one on inside of one leaf support, the other on outside of inner rail directly facing; swirls, in graphite, underside of one leaf; graphite, underside of top near inner rail; "J 1/3. M / P-fl [?]," in graphite, on paper label with red borders glued to underside of one leaf

Style

Hepplewhite

Provenance

Henry A. Hoffman (born 1873), Barrington, Rhode, Island and Litchfield, Connecticut; given to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1953; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, October 7, 2006, lot 225

Associated names

Henry A. Hoffman
The Rhode Island Historical Society
Sotheby's

Construction

The single-board line-inlaid top has bowed ends and a cove-molded, double-beaded edge and is joined to its similarly edged and inlaid half-round leaves by four pairs of iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed (with scribe lines), set inward of the legs. The joint between the leaves is quarter round. The top is held in place with one screw pocket at each short rail, two screw pockets inside the inner rail on one side, and two screw pockets on the opposite side, one on the inner and one on the outer rail. The inner and outer rails are joined with rosehead nails. The short, bow-fronted skirt opposite the drawer is solid and straight inside. The underside of the rail is a chestnut board nailed to the pine body with rosehead nails. The veneered and line-inlaid drawer front is solid. The dovetails are slightly crude, with a half-pin below. The drawer side tops and drawer back tops are flat and flush with the drawer front. The single-board drawer bottom is perpendicular to the front, and chamfered at the front and sides, where it is let into grooves in the drawer front and sides. The drawer bottom is nailed with rosehead nails to the drawer back above. The joint between drawer sides and bottom is reinforced by glue blocks/runners, four on each side. The drawer supports are nailed to the inner rail with rosehead nails. The partially veneered outer rails each have a finger hole and are each fitted with a trapezoidal leaf support with elongated carved finger pull and a round seven-knuckled wood hinge. The legs are connected to the rails with mortise and tenon joints, exhibiting scribe lines on the rails. The square, tapered legs have line inlay, which ends at the inlaid cuffs, on the outside faces only. Examined by P. E. Kane, September 30, 2006; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Notes


Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Catalog of the Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History 16, no. 2 (April 1957): 64–65, no. 28, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Property from the Rhode Island Historical Society, sale cat. (October 7, 2006), 161, lot 225, ill.