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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF4184

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 71.12 cm (28 in.); Width, open: 100.33 cm (39 1/2 in.); Width, closed: 53.34 cm (21 in.); Depth: 79.375 cm (31 1/4 in.)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany and light wood inlay (primary); pine (stationary rails and drawer linings); maple (hinged rails)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Federal, Hepplewhite

Provenance

Sotheby's, New York, October 9, 1997, lot 371. Christie's, New York, September 25, 2008, lot 41

Associated names

Sotheby's
Christie's

Construction

The single-board line-inlaid top has bowed ends and a square, line-inlaid edge and is joined to its similarly edged and inlaid half round leaves by four sets of iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed, set back slightly from the legs. The joint between top and leaves is quarter round. The top is held to the frame with screw pockets- two each on the inside of the inner rails, and one inside the solid false drawer rail. There are two diagonal medial braces-one set into grooves in the inner rail and screwed to the underside at the top, and another directly below it, dovetailed into the bottom of the inner rails. The inner and outer rails are attached with rosehead nails. There are two large triangular vertical glue blocks behind the legs at the false drawer skirt. The drawer has runners and stops nailed with brads to the inner rails. The drawer front is dovetailed to and flush with the flat-topped drawer sides and back. The front dovetails are reinforced with brads and rosehead nails. The drawer bottom is parallel to its front and chamfered at the front and sides, where it is let into grooves. The false drawer rail is double-tenoned into its legs. The inner rails are tenoned into the legs and the outer rails are butted to the solid blocks of mahogany, and feature trapezoidal leaf supports with round wood knuckled hinges. The leaf supports have finger pulls carved from their bottoms. The inlaid tapering legs are chamfered at the inside faces where they are tenoned into arched, serpentine, X-form overlapping stretchers. Examined by P. E. Kane and M. Taradash, September 23, 2008; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (October 9, 1997), lot 371, ill.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Maritime Art, and Prints, sale cat. (September 25, 2008), 72, lot 41, ill.