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Pembroke table

Object number



Maker, attributed to Holmes Weaver, American, 1769–1848, active 1796–1848


Closed: 27 5/8 22 18 in. (70.17 55.88 45.72 cm) Depth, open: 37 1/2 in. (95.25 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (upper and lower front rails); birch (hinged rails); pine (stationary rails, medial brace, drawer supports, drawer stops, laminated rear rail, vertical blocks, drawer front); chestnut (drawer bottom and sides)




“B[?],” in graphite, on exterior drawer back


Nathaniel Fales (1749–1834), Bristol, Rhode Island. Private collection, 1981

Associated names

Nathaniel Fales


The single-board line-inlaid top has bowed, square-edged line-inlaid ends and is flanked by half-round similarly appointed leaves to which it is joined by four sets of hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed, set inward somewhat of the edges, and joined by prominent scribe lines on the underside of the top. The top is secured to the frame by screw pockets, one in each inner rail, one in the bowed, laminated false drawer rail and one in the top rail above the drawer. The inner and outer rails are joined by rosehead nails, and a medial brace is set into grooves in them and fixed to the underside of the top. The single drawer has a bowed, inlaid, single-board veneered front, joined to its drawer sides in a dovetail joint, having pins of varying configurations with half-pins above and below. The drawer sides have flat tops, nearly flush with the top of the drawer front. The single-board drawer bottom, perpendicular to the drawer front, is chamfered at the front and sides, where it sits in grooves. The drawer bottom is nailed with brads up into the drawer back, and once each into the drawer sides above. The partially veneered outer rails each contain a trapezoidal leaf support, which swings by means of a six-knuckled carved wood hinge, and a carved segmental finger pull. Vertical chamfered glue blocks occupy the corners of the false drawer rail. The rails are attached to the legs by mortise and tenon joints. The outside faces of the square, tapered legs are elaborately inlaid- the tops with stylized urns and pedestals, the legs themselves with drapery, lines and tassels, and inverted triangles incised with stylized tulips. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, August 21, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 402n2.