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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF5611

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 27 3/8 36 14 3/4 in. (69.53 91.44 37.47 cm) Depth, open: 35 in. (88.9 cm)

Date

1770–90

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple (side rails, battens); pine (drawer supports, drawer sides and backs); chestnut (drawer bottoms)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"2," in chalk, on each drawer support; "V," in chalk, on exterior of drawer back

Provenance

Gignoux family, Maine. Private collection, 2006

Associated names

Gignoux family

Construction

The single-board top has bowed ends and a molded edge, as do its single-board, half round leaves, to which it is joined by four sets of iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed, set just inward from the legs. The top is held to the frame by two transverse battens set in grooves in the long rails and screwed (each one three times) to the underside of the top above. The square legs are molded on their outer faces and plain on their inner faces, save for a bead on the interior corner, and join the frame in mortise and tenon joints. The joints between the legs and the beaded long rails exhibit two pins each. The joints between the legs and the short rails exhibit two nails each. The beaded short rails, bowed outside and straight across inside, each contain a small drawer. The drawer fronts are solid, lipped and cock-beaded, bowed outside and straight across inside, having arched drawer sides just shy of the drawer fronts, and drawer back chamfered at the rear edge. The drawer fronts and sides meet in dovetail joints, with long, thick-necked pins with half-pins above. The single-board drawer bottoms, perpendicular to the fronts, are set in rabbets in the drawer fronts and sides, where they are nailed with brads and (later) nails, and nailed directly with brads up into the drawer backs. The drawers are supported by two full-length longitudinal supports, tenoned into the short rails. The leaves are supported by wrought-iron supports, swinging within hardware set in the midpoint of the long rails. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, August 22, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.