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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF5052

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Top open: 28 32 3/4 29 in. (71.1 83.2 73.7 cm)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (drawer linings); birch (hinged rails); pine (horizontal glue blocks, lower battens, stationary rails); maple (upper battens and bar to keep the drawer from tipping when open)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

By descent in the Bullock family, Rhode Island. Israel Sack, Inc., New York. Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 6–8, 2010, lot 861

Associated names

Bullock family
Israel Sack, Inc.
Northeast Auctions

Construction

The single-board top with bowed ends has a beaded, incurvate edge and is joined to its half-round, similarly edged leaves by four sets of wrought-iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed. The joint between the top and leaves is quarter round. The top is secured to the frame by two screw pockets in each of three transverse battens, and by horizontal chamfered glue blocks, two each at the long rails, and one each at the short rails. A strip of wood designed to prevent the drawer from tipping is lapped over and nailed to two of the transverse battens. The plain, single-board drawer front sits within a beaded surround and is attached to its arched-top drawer sides with dovetails joints, having finely cut pins with half-pins above and half-pins with a rabbet below. The top of the drawer sides are fairly shy of the drawer front top. The single board drawer bottom is flat and perpendicular to the front and full width, being nailed with brads to the drawer sides, the drawer back, and, in a rabbet, to the drawer front above. The drawer rests upon supports nailed to the interior rail. Glued near the end of the rails are small drawer stops. Below the drawer supports are two transverse battens dovetailed to the bottom of the interior rails. Within the frame at the juncture of the solid skirt opposite the drawer and the interior rails are vertical chamfered glue blocks. Each outer rail, connected to the legs with mortise and tenon joints each exhibiting two pins, has quarter-spherical finger pull cutouts for trapezoidal leaf supports which swing by means of circular five-knuckled wood hinges. The square, tapered legs are unadorned. Examined by P.E. Kane, August 6, 2010; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, N.H., Annual Summer Americana Auction, sale cat. (August 6–8, 2010), 107, lot 861, ill.