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Photo: Courtesy The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wis., 2000.9. Photo by Gavin Ashworth
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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF4824

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 69.215 cm (27 1/4 in.); Width, open: 81.28 cm (32 in.); Width closed: 48.26 cm (19 in.); Depth: 86.995 cm (34 1/4 in.)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

The Chipstone Foundation

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and satinwood (primary); maple (hinged rails); pine (drawer lining, drawer supports, drawer stops, stationary rails, and glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“Back,” in graphite, on interior back of drawer; “F,” in chalk, on proper-right interior drawer side at front corner; “I” or “J,” in chalk, on proper-left interior drawer side at front corner; “Gate,” in chalk, on exterior of proper-right hinged support; mathematical figures, in chalk, and a slash with a conjoined arch [D?], in graphite, on stationary portion of proper-right hinged rail; slash with a conjoined arch [D?], incised on interior of stationary rails

Style

Hepplewhite

Provenance

Linda H. and George M. Kaufman, Norfolk, Virginia; by exchange to The Chipstone Foundation, Fox Point, Wisconsin, 2009

Associated names

George M. Kaufman
Linda H. Kaufman

Construction

The rectangular, oblong, single-board top has a plain square edge and is joined to its rectangular single-board leaves by four pairs of metal hinges, each leaf thrice screwed, laid out with scribe lines and set inward of the legs. The leaves meet the top in a quarter round joint. The top is secured to its frame by six screw pockets – one in the rail above the drawer, one inside the false-drawer rail, and two each in the outside faces of the hinged rails. These rails, which are tenoned to the legs without wood pins, are fixed to the interior rails with rosehead nails. In each corner of the frame is a vertical glue block – rectangular at either side of the drawer front and chamfered in the opposite corners. Nailed with brads into the top of those glue blocks are (later) longitudinal strips which prevent the drawer from tipping. Nailed into the bottom of the glue blocks and into the interior rails with rosehead nails are full-depth drawer supports on top of which are, at the front, drawer guides, and at the back, long drawer stops. The drawer itself has a plain, kerf-marked front which meets its slightly shorter, slightly chamfered, full-height, scribe-lined drawer sides in dovetail joints, having narrow-necked pins of varying configurations. The single-board drawer bottom, perpendicular to the front, is chamfered at the front and sides, where it fits into grooves. At its juncture with the drawer sides are multiple longitudinal rectangular glue blocks covered by thin full-length runners. The bottom is fixed to the back with brads and rosehead nails. Each outer rail contains a trapezoidal leaf support, which turns by means of a carved wood, five-knuckled square hinge. The sloping edge is carved out to provide a finger hold. The rail beside each leaf support is also carved out. The square tapering legs are "bookend" inlaid at the top of their front faces and "icicle" and line-inlaid on their outside faces, with inlaid cuffs. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 16, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.