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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF4694

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

72.39 x 55.88 x 82.55 cm (28 1/2 x 22 x 32 1/2 in.)

Date

1785–1805

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (rear and stationary rails, drawer front, strip of wood under top to keep drawer from tipping when open, and drawer stop); maple (hinged rails); yellow poplar (drawer linings, bottom edge of drawer front, and drawer supports)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"V," inverted, in chalk, on back of drawer and one stationary rail; a square, in chalk, on underside of top behind drawer

Style

Federal

Provenance

Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc, New York. Christie's, New York, January 21–22, and 25, 2010, lot 331

Associated names

Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.
Christie's

Construction

The solid center portion of the top is bowed at both ends and line-inlaid near the edge. The square edge is line-inlaid at the top and bottom and the joint between the center portion of the top and the half-round leaves is quarter round. There are four sets of iron hinges set inward slightly from the legs and screwed into the top and leaves. The top is affixed to the false-drawer skirt (comprising six laminations) with a single screw pocket and to the side rails with two screw pockets apiece. The stationary rails have drawer supports, guides, and stops attached with brads. The drawer front consists of three laminations; it is bowed inside and straight across beneath. The tops of the drawer sides and back are square and flush with the drawer front. The drawer bottom consists of four boards, chamfered at the sides, parallel to the front and set into grooves in the drawer sides. The drawer bottom is nailed with brads to the drawer back. The hinged rails are attached to the stationary rails with rosehead nails. Each has a five-toothed rectangular hinge and an angular swinging leaf support with a sloped cut on the underside of each leaf as a finger grip. The inlaid, square-tapered legs are secured to the frame with mortise and tenon joints, exhibiting scribe lines at the top of the legs. There are vertical chamfered glue blocks at the juncture of the stationary and false drawer rails, and (possibly later) thin strips of wood glued to the underside of the long rails at the top of each leg. Vertical drawer stops are nailed to the stationary rails behind the drawer. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. S. Gordon, January 14, 2010; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, and Chinese Export, sale cat. (January 21–22 and 25, 2010), 205, lot 331, ill.