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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF6219

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

27 1/2 20 1/2 33 in. (69.85 52.07 83.82 cm)

Date

1785–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (drawer linings); maple (hinged rails); pine (brace, drawer supports and stationary rails)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Seth Low Pierrepont (1884–1956), New York and Ridgefield, Connecticut; by descent to his nephew Evelyn Pierrepont Luquer (born 1900), New York; given to his daughter Anne Luquer Boswell, Hanover, New Hampshire; consigned to William Smith Auctions, Plainfield, New Hampshire, September 7, 2015, lot 5

Associated names

Seth Low Pierrepont
Evelyn Pierrepont Luquer
John Iverson Boswell
Anne Luquer Boswell
William Smith Auctions

Construction

The rectangular oblong, square-edged top is joined to its rectangular leaves by four pairs of wrought-iron hinges set just inward of the legs; each leaf is thrice-screwed. The joints between the leaves are quarter-round. The top is secured to the frame by screwpockets ? two each in the outside face of each exterior long rail and one in the inside face of the rail opposite the drawer. There is a countersunk screw in the top rail above the drawer. Each leaf has a trapezoidal support in the exterior long rail which swings out by means of a round, six-knuckled, carved wood hinge, with an adjacent carved-out finger-hold. A transverse batten set into the inside faces of the interior long rails and nailed to the top of the full-depth drawer support serves as a stop for the drawer, whose front (which has a beaded surround) meets its slightly shorter, slightly arched-top sides in a dovetail joint having finely cut, narrow-necked pins, with half-pins above and below. The single-board drawer bottom is perpendicular to the front, chamfered at the front and sides, set into grooves in the drawer front and drawer sides, and fixed with rosehead nails to the drawer back. Drawer runners are glued to the drawer bottom beside the full-depth drawer sides. The plain square legs are slightly chamfered at their inside corners and joined by openwork stretchers, with gadroon moldings half-lapped together and nailed with brads to their undersides. Photographs courtesy of W. A. Smith, Inc., Plainfield, N. H.; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.