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Pembroke table

Object number



Maker Unknown


26 3/4 18 1/2 31 1/4 in. (67.945 46.99 79.375 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); white pine (end and stationary rails; sycamore (hinged rails)




"E.A. Huebener & Co., Furniture / Repairing and Upholstering / Carpet and _ Work / 315 Adams Street / Near Park / Dorchester, Mass.," printed, on paper label glued to underside of top; "This Table was originally owned by the family of / Joseph Brisco, one of the early settlers of the city of / Taunton, Mass. Joseph Brisco was drowned Jany 1st [st superscript with period below] / 1657. Verses to his emory were composed by Rev. John / Wilson firsst pastor of the First Church in Boston. The / Table [torn] be less than 200 years old. / Thomas Mair [illegible]," in ink, on paper label glued to underside of one leaf; illegible script, in chalk, on inside of one leaf support


Joseph Brisco family, Taunton, Massachusetts; by descent to Thomas Mair. Josephine Clay Ford (1923–2005) and Walter Buhl Ford II (1920–1991), Grosse Point Farms, Michigan, before 2005; consigned by their estate to Sotheby's, New York, October 6, 2006, lot 24

Associated names

Josephine Clay Ford
Joseph Brisco family
Thomas Mair
Walter Buhl Ford II


The single-board top has bowed ends and an ogee-molded edge. Each single-board half round leaf also has an ogee-molded edge, as do the joints between them. There are four sets of iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed, whose scribe lines continue across the underside of the top. The top is attached to the frame by screw pockets, one each in the short rails and two each in the inner rails. Each short, bowed rail is solid and fitted with a (possibly later) bale handle. There is no drawer. The inner and outer rails are joined by rosehead nails. The partially veneered and inlaid outer rails are each fitted with square, five-knuckled hinges and trapezoidal leaf supports with finger holes carved both from the rail and the support. The square tapered legs are joined to the skirt with mortise and tenon joints exhibiting scribe lines on the underside of the rails. They are inlaid with lines and stylized "bookends" and "icicles" on their outside faces only, down to their inlaid cuffs. Examined by P. E. Kane, September 30, 2006; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


Sotheby's, New York, Property from the Collection of Josephine and Walter Buhl Ford II, sale cat. (October 6, 2006), 31, lot 24, ill.