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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF2363

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 68.58 cm (27 in.); Width, closed: 46.99 cm (18 1/2 in.); Width, open: 6.52 cm (38 in.); Depth: 78.74 cm (31 in.)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and light wood inlays (primary); yellow poplar (drawer linings, end rail, stationary rails, and drawer stops); white pine (drawer supports); maple (front and hinged rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Hepplewhite

Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York; sold to private collector; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 17 and 19, 1997, lot 715; sold to C. L. Prickett Antiques, Yardley, Pennsylvania; sold to present owner

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.
Private collection
Sotheby's
C. L. Prickett Antiques

Construction

The single-board top is double line-inlaid, has bowed ends and a cove-molded and double-beaded edge, as do its half round leaves to which it is joined by four sets of iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed. The joint between the top and leaves is quarter round. The underside of the top bears vertical saw marks, and the hinge scribe lines do not extend all the way across. One hinge seems to have been misplaced, perhaps when the top was reversed, being very close to the leaf edge. The top is attached to the frame by screws- three at the inside of the rail opposite the drawer, two in the top rail above the drawer, and two each on the inside of the inner rails- by a drawer guide glued to the inner rail and screwed to the underside of the top, by a large diagonal brace let into voids in the inner rails and by a rectangular glue block behind the drawer stops. The inner and outer rails are joined by rosehead nails. Drawer supports are nailed with brads into the inner rails. The drawer front is solid, veneered, has an inlaid edge, neat dovetails (showing scribe lines) with half-pins above and below. The tops of the drawer sides are flat and flush with the drawer front. The drawer bottom is chamfered at the front and sides and perpendicular to the front. It is let into grooves in the front and sides. Glue block/runners reinforce the joint between drawer sides and drawer bottom. The partially veneered outer rails are fitted with trapezoidal leaf supports, finger holes and square, six-knuckled hinges. The square tapered legs are mortise and tenoned to the rails and "bookend," "icicle" and line-inlaid on the outside faces down to the inlaid cuffs. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. S. Gordon, December 18, 2006. Notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, Furniture, and Folk Art, sale cat. (January 17, 19, 1997), lot 715, ill.