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Pembroke table

Object number



Maker Unknown


27 3/4 19 32 in. (70.485 48.26 81.28 cm)



Current location



Made in Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); pine (drawer front, stationary rails, rear rail, and glue blocks); oak (hinged rails); yellow poplar (drawer stop)






By descent in the Brown family, Providence, Rhode Island; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 22–23, 2010, lot 513

Associated names

Brown family of Providence, Rhode Island


The solid center portion of the top is bowed at either end. The edge is molded. The joint between the center portion and the leaves is quarter round. There are four sets of iron hinges set inward slightly from the legs. The top is affixed to the false drawer skirt with two screw pockets, to the drawer rail by means of two screws through the top rail, to the side rails with one screw pocket apiece, and by multiple glue blocks. The stationary rails have drawer runners attached with rosehead nails and are attached to the hinged rails with smaller nails. Each hinged rail has a five-toothed rectangular hinge, and a stop attached to the outside of the hinged rail with brads. The hinged portion that supports the leaf when open has a serpentine profile. There are chamfered glue blocks in the corner at the false drawer skirt and drawer stops attached with rosehead nails. The drawer front is veneered and cock-beaded, the dovetails having one pin above. The tops of the drawer sides and back are square. The drawer bottom is a single-piece, parallel to the sides, feather chamfered at the front and sides and held in place by a groove in the drawer sides and front and multiple glue blocks. The legs are inlaid, tapered and secured to the skirt with mortise and tenon joints. Examined by P. E. Kane, B. W. Colman, M. Taradash, January 22, 2010; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 22–23, 2010), 111, lot 513, ill.